Preserving Penguins and preventing seasickness…

Those of you who’ve read about My Books, will know that our endangered African Penguins are close to my heart. This stems from childhood, when my late father sailed on our national research ships to the Southern islands and Antarctica, sometimes returning with penguins and seals. Despite the passing decades, I’ll never forget them, nor the pungent cocktail of diesel and oil mixed with the sea, so characteristic of the Cape Town docks. The docks of the old days, before the development of the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

So it’s wonderful to learn of support for the world’s penguins. My fabulous Facebook friend, Dyan deNapoli (The Penguin Lady) is in the process of launching her book The Great Penguin Rescue. Documenting a devastating oil spill that threatened 40,000 African Penguins, it will no doubt be a PHENOMENAL read, so take a look! For anyone unfamiliar with these birds, here are some pics of the Boulders Beach colony in Simonstown:

AFRICAN PENGUINS - Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

AFRICAN PENGUINS - Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

AFRICAN PENGUIN - Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

AFRICAN PENGUIN - Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

Dyan also recently drew our attention to a stunning new website of the Global Penguin Society, which ‘is dedicated to the survival and protection of the world´s penguin species, fostering integrated ocean conservation through science, management and community education.’ High five to them for all for their amazing effort!

As an aside about sea travel, Dyan offers invaluable advice for preventing seasickness: ReliefBands. She apparently felt no discomfort during five days of crossing the Drake Passage (to Antarctica and back) on a stabilizer-free ship, while others on board were beyond green. The bands ‘have a metal plate that sits against your wrist and provides an electrical pulse that stimulates a nerve, reducing peristaltic activity in your stomach’.

This recommendation came in response to a query on my Mom’s behalf, as she plans to visit ‘The Ice’ next year, shortly after turning seventy. Hard core women, or what? I can’t take the thought of those hectic seas, preferring to stick much closer to coast-lines, but these bands are a definite for future dive trips! I’ll task my Mom with photography 🙂

And how’s this for a cool side benefit? A user testimonial for ReliefBands mentions going on Adventureland rides that kids adore, with ‘NO ill effects whatsoever’! WOW, if that’s possible, perhaps there’s hope for me to read in cars. Now that would be AWESOME 😀

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25 Responses to Preserving Penguins and preventing seasickness…

  1. cindy says:

    I come from Glencairn, so the Boulders penguins are very special to me.
    Lovely post, Naomi.
    Please pass on my wishes to Dave for the best race tomorrow.

  2. Naomi says:

    Thank you, Cindy! What a beautiful part of the world you come from. My Mom lives in Fish Hoek now, so keeps us updated on the whale activity, etc. 🙂

    Will pass on your kind wishes to Dave, thanks a ton!

  3. nrhatch says:

    I adore penguins! Great pics.


  4. Jingle says:

    love them, super cute creatures.

  5. Heart says:

    Oh wow! This is the first blog site, where I have not encountered a word me or myself at all.. Let me see what adjectives I can use for your site, informative, inspiring, crusader of endangered species, lots of research, great pictures, rare footage of so many exotic animals..
    Thanks for all the links, great site, esp. great post, because I love penguins and absolutely thrilled that you have first hand experience with these dudes through your father!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks so much for such a kind and thoughtful comment, Rachana! How wonderful to discover your beautiful blog too. You’re an absolute delight! I’ll be over to read more of your lovely writing shortly 🙂

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Wonderful post and pictures. Thanks, Naomi. The book recommendation does indeed seem worth looking into as well as the sites you mention. As you know, we are dealing here (U.S.) with a tragic oil spill in the Gulf and there are lots of folks scrambling still to help with wildlife … Will pass the post on to birding friends …

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks a ton, Jamie, also for the link on the lovely ‘Our Peaceable Kingdom’ blog! Really appreciate your support! That Gulf spill is too tragic for words…thank heaven for each and every person who is helping.


  8. Tokeloshe says:

    Very well done as always!

    Beautiful photos, good post and information.

    I visited Africa on the Blog 😉
    We lived in Swakopmund for three years in the late 70’s and miss Namibia.

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks so much, Tok, and for visiting Africa on the Blog!

      Can imagine you must miss Namibia. Although born in Oranjemund, I was five when we left, and haven’t been back. However, Sossusvlei and Etosha, among other wild places, and the desert elephants, are beckoning for photography!!

  9. I love them but am woefully ill informed about them – so The Great Penguin Rescue sounds like a great place to start:-)

  10. nrhatch says:

    Did you ever read the book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins?

    It’s darling.

  11. buttercup600 says:

    Wonderful post ….brilliant photography!! Hope you have a splendid weekend dear one 🙂 xx

  12. Tammy McLeod says:

    I can see why you love them. Great photos of a beautiful creature.

  13. Jingle says:

    potluck is open, if you have old poems to share, link in NOW,
    you will benefit the best if you act and get in early.
    Thanks for the participation!
    Happy Sunday!

  14. Cindy says:

    Excellent post Naomi- Great pictures.

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