After finding penguins quite easily at Kingscote we were told penneshaw had a lot more so decided to look ourselves again. We left half an hour before dark with my 2 kids and found 3 burrows with penguins off the trail. We wandered into the tour area and by this time it was dark. Penguins moult in January and stay out of the water for 3 weeks so that's why we didn't have to go late. The tour came along and the guide got really angry at us and demanded money and said we were disturbing the penguins and we should have topmost like everyone else. His bright red light hurt our eyes, we had an orange shirt over our light but he caught us using the white light on a crystal rock so we could see the rock light up. Anyway we saw more penguins than the tour people and if you ask me the tours are exploiting the penguins for money and they disturb the penguins twice nightly. Maybe the penguins are declining because of the tours! Maybe not. Anyway we see them regularly in Sydney out in the surf and they seem friendly little critters not scared of people. Tour operators are just concerned about money.
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