Favorite Wildlife Friday, Jessica Alba, wildlife conservation, endangered species, South African aquatic animal.
This week’s Favorite Wildlife Friday features an aquatic African animal which featured in a movie with Jessica Alba, who described the species as “lovely little animals”.
Who am I?
- I am around 65 cm tall and weight around 3 kg.
- I am black on my back and white on my front, with black markings on my chest and stomach.
- I feed on fish, including sardines, anchovies and herring, as well as squid and crustaceans. While hunting for prey, I can reach swimming speeds of 12 mph and dive to depths of 30 metres.
- Shark and fur seals hunt me when I’m swimming, while seagulls, mongoose and feral cats prey on me on land.
- I live in large colonies on southern Africa’s coastline and islands. I nest in burrows dug in sand or guano.
- My species forms close pair bonds, with the male and female taking it in turns to incubate their eggs for 2-4 months.
- My loud call sounds like a donkey’s bray, which led to jackass becoming another name for my species.
- I’m endangered and am being pushed to extinction by pollution, climate change and overfishing.
Have You Guessed?
I am the African Penguin. I appeared with Jessica Alba in the movie ‘Good Luck Chuck’.
Blog post by Nikela Volunteer Danielle Boobyer