This is the last of the Eastern Cape photos for a while - after all this blog is meant to be about Cape Town! But the Eastern Cape is just such a beautiful place that fully deserves the title of Eden.
Anyway, this is Samrec - the South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre which I particularly wanted to see as it was near here - at Cape Recife - that almost 20 000 penguins from near Cape Town were released after being rescued from the threat of oil from stricken bulk ore carrier, the MV Treasure. This ship sank with disastrous results for many thousands of penguins. The un-oiled penguins taken to Port Elizabeth were released in the hope that by the time they got home again, the oil would have been cleaned up. Transmitters were affixed to three of them - Peter, Pamela and Percy - and scientists, and indeed the whole of South Africa it seemed, were able to track their swim home - a journey of about 800 km that took them between 17 and 22 days.
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