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Photos of an African penguin colony (Spheniscus demersus) on Dyer island with many portraits and from the life on the sea.

African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) and other rare sea birds breed on Dyer Island, six sea miles off the coast of Gansbaai/South Africa. The ruins of a former guano station are still there. Later on, after the guano supplies were depleted, the seal beaters and penguin hunters came to the island. You can still see the sad relics from this time. Until the end of last century penguins were killed for their oil. This gruesome butchery was only stopped in 1919. The stock of African Penguins in South Africa decreased between 1956 and 1978 by more than 50%, in part because of the overfishing in their food grounds. In the Washington Endangered Species Act, African Penguins are mentioned as an endangered species in Appendix II. Now, Dyer Island and its fauna and flora are completely protected. Only a conservationist and sometimes a biologist live on the island. If a group of penguins returns from its hunting grounds far out on the sea, full concentration is necessary. Their way is always full of danger, because they cross the area of the Great White Sharks. Another threat awaits them a short distance off the island: fur seals are lurking in the Kelb belt. In order to manage the last metres to the island safely they suddenly sprint off. They chase along, halfway under water and halfway above the water. In the end phase you can only see seething water. Finally, they find peace and security only on the island – until next time.



Spheniscus demersus
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


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Adult and juvenile African penguins
Adult and juvenile African penguins

Adult and juvenile African penguins
Adult and juvenile African penguins

African Penguin family
African Penguin family

African Penguin Chicks with parent
African Penguin Chicks with parent

Adult and two juvenile African penguins
Adult and two juvenile African penguins

African Penguin family
African Penguin family

African Penguin with two juveniles
African Penguin with two juveniles

African Penguin with juveniles
African Penguin with juveniles

African Penguin with young penguins
African Penguin with young penguins

African Penguin family
African Penguin family

African Penguin penguin family
African Penguin penguin family

African Penguin adult and juveniles
African Penguin adult and juveniles

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguin family
African Penguin family

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguins
African Penguins

African Penguins
African Penguins

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguins
African Penguins

African Penguins
African Penguins

African Penguins
African Penguins

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguins on rocky ground
African Penguins on rocky ground

African Penguin colony
African Penguin colony

African Penguins
African Penguins

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