Penguin Parade – Phillip Island
Phillip Island is situated ca 1 1/2 hour from Melbourne and I booked a bus tour. It’s a unique opportunity to experience local animals (for example wallabies), but the reason why I went there was to see the penguin parade.
The penguins on Phillip Island are the smallest in the world. They’re also fishermen. They come ashore every night after spending the day at sea. There are stages set up so that visitors can sit quietly in the dark and follow them on their way from the shoreline, as they cross the beach, and until they find their homes in the small hill opposite the ocean.
The penguins have very sensitive eyes, and the flash from photography can actually make them blind. We were asked not to use any cameras during the penguin parade. I still saw many people who took photos with their flash turned on (as it would otherwise have been too dark). This makes me angry and disappointed in people. When you’re privileged enough to experience something unique like the penguin parade, a photograph is never more important than protecting the local animals. Of course I’m sad not to have any photos, but the experience is still something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
It was a pretty hard decision wether to include this photo or not as it’s unclear (through the window of the bus). I ended up including it as it’s a local wild animal on this unique island.