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Title: African Penguins Spheniscus Demersus Along The Kwazulu-Natal Coast, 1981–1999
Authors: Whittington, P.A.
Underhill, L.G.
Esmonde-White, D.A.
Wilkinson, C.P.
ASFA Terms: Marine mammals
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Marine Ornithology, 27, p. 111-113
Abstract: The African Penguin is rare east of Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Ninety-nine penguins were found onshore along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal in 1981–1999, mostly in a state of starvation. Of these, 77% were between June and October during, and immediately after, the ‘sardine run’ of Sardine Sardinops sagax; 95% of birds that were aged were first-year birds; 96% were in the southern half of KwaZulu-Natal, south of Mtunzini (29°S) where the sardine run is strongest. The observations suggest that juvenile penguins from the nearest breeding colonies, in Algoa Bay, are drawn eastwards by the migrating Sardines; when these shoals dissipate, a lack of food leads to them coming ashore.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1834/425
ISSN: 1018-3337
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