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"Are there penguins in Australia?"
"Why?"
"This character in the book I'm reading has just seen penguins and kangaroos."
"Yes, I'm pretty sure there are."
"With the dinner jackets and all?"
"Some, but I think a lot of them are blue..."

And they are. Meet the Little Fairy Penguin.

(And say, "Aaaaw... cute...")

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numbat
Apr. 21st, 2003 07:33 pm (UTC)
I've never thought of Little Penguins or Fairy Penguins as blue myself. The ones I've worked with simply look black and white though it's possible that they might look dark blue and white in just the right light. I believe other species of penguin do visit Australia but the Little Penguin is the only one to make its home here. They can be found all along the south coast of Australia. And at zoos in places like Canberra. Which is where the originator of Linux claims he was bitten by a penguin. I think this is pretty unlikely and he just wanted a story to explain the logo. What I do know is the little buggers give me attitude when I try to herd them into their night quarters. Because I'm a volunteer and don't do this very often some of the hard cases will hop into the pool and refuse to get out. I have to spend forever chasing them up and down the length of the pool splashing them. They don't like being splashed, makes them think of rough seas perhaps. One by one the holdouts accept I'm not going to leave them in peace and surrender. This takes the edge off their cuteness.
stillcarl
Apr. 21st, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've only ever known them as the Blue Penguin, or maybe Small, Blue Penguin. Only seen them at sea, (I think), where they porpoise through the water very well.

And I vote for them being cute, so there! ;)
numbat
Apr. 21st, 2003 11:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, so the name Blue must of come from your side of the Tasman. I've never heard them called anything but Fairy or Little penguins in Australia.

You thing they're cute? Wait till you've tried to put some to bed.
stillcarl
Apr. 22nd, 2003 01:33 am (UTC)
Wait till you've tried to put some to bed.

Just checked my diary and it doesn't look like I'll have that pleasure anytime soon...

Actually, I think they've had them at Napier's Marineland...

Yes: http://www.marineland.co.nz/animals.html

And I see it's not Small but Little Blue Penguins. Which sounds even cuter.
ocean_song
Apr. 22nd, 2003 04:59 am (UTC)
Aaaaw... cute! There, you happy? ;)

But really, they are just too darn adorable for words. Almost as cute as you! ;) *hugs*
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