FROM THE NEWS DESK
I attended an amazing talk given by yellow-eyed penguin researcher Mel Foster at Kaka Point on Saturday night.
We’re down to about 200 breeding pairs in mainland Otago. Horrifying.
I staggered out of there, not a little depressed, and yes, angry at the part we feckless humans have played in their demise, only to be completely thoughtless myself, when we got to Roaring Bay Hide, to spot one of these solitary little creatures.
After cursing some idiots who tried to take a detour down to the beach - they would have blundered through penguin nesting spots - I unwittingly took a photo overlooking the bay. Even from 100 metres, flash photography could be enough to put off a penguin from coming ashore.
Ignorance comes from lack of education and awareness of the far-reaching consequences of our actions. It’s safe to say I won’t be taking a selfie with a penguin anytime soon.