This is an African Penguin, aka Jackass Penguin. There is a large colony that lives in "The Boulders" park just around the corner from Simon's Town. We passed it on the way in and walked back out there a few days later. They are kind of cute and not terribly afraid of people.
A huge amount of the world's shipping makes its way around the bottom end of Africa. By day, these large bulk carriers pass us by. We just hope they see us in time to avoid us as we don't have AIS for them to see us electronically.
This one was heading the other way around Cape Agulhas as the sun was setting below a heavy cloud. Cape Agulhas is the southern most point on the continent of Africa and we rounded it to head up into False Bay to get to Simon's Town. We'd had a great run of a six-day window and had made it all the way from Richards Bay in one go. Pretty amazing.
As we sailed into False Bay, these disruptions in the water were all over. They are huge schools of fish at the surface of the water, making little sipping noises and it sounded like raindrops. We were in patchy fog as we came into the bay, but friends in the marina called us on the radio and said it was clear as a bell in there and to just keep coming in. Luckily, the marina had said they had a place for us so we didn't have to anchor out or pick up a mooring.
Our spot along the dock, with Chespeake just off our port bow. It was a tight fit to get in here. Saol Eile and Zephyr were on the docks behind us so we were in good company. We arrived on New Year's Eve Day.
I decided I needed a new basket to hold all my shells and a Zulu woven basket would be just the ticket. I'd been looking for one since we were in Botswana and now I needed to find one before we left the country. These were a couple I first spotted when we went to look at the penguins, but I wanted to look further and didn't end up with either of these. But this is the style I wanted: grass wound with reed into rolls and then coiled and woven into the basket. The designs woven into the basket all have meanings and represent things in Zulu culture and history.
We walked to The Boulders park and wandered along the boardwalk to see some penguins. Here, you can see some of the granite boulders surrounded by kelp near the shore. Some say it is like parts of California here.
This penguin was squawking for food or yawning when Jason got this close up.
The docks at False Bay Yacht Club have clear water and kelp grows on the flotation boxes for the floating docks.