Penguins, albatrosses and seals in Dunedin

I love animals and after the monkeys in Japan and the dolphins and the seals I saw from afar I was very happy that I had the opportunity to see some yellow eyed and some blue penguins in additions to some albatrosses and close-up seals in Dunedin yesterday. Pictures are under the cut!

I spontaneously decided to do a private tour that was arranged by the hostel I am staying with (btw. this is why I like to stay with hostels – they have such great deals) for the whole afternoon and I learned a lot about the different birds (no pictures, because they were too fast) and about the region here.

I can’t tell you how much fun that was, seeing all the animals close-up and so I decided that if I fail my job-hunting in Wellington I will work on a llama farm or alpacca farm or something like that for the rest of my stay. As a kid I always wanted to become an animal caretaker in a zoo and I almost studied biology because I love animals so much, so maybe this is the right time to work on my childhood-dream!

So now that I have figured out my future, I promised some pictures and here they are:

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This little guy is a very young penguin who apparently was lost a little bit – but the farm was close by so I think he just went out to have a little bit fun.
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Doesn’t he look cute – he looked at me briefly and then dozed off again.

By the way, there was no fence or anything between me and the animals, so theoretically I could have touched them! As I said, the albatrosses were too fast for my camera to take good pictures, but just imagine giant majestic birds which can glide through the air like kings.

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This was where the albatrosses were flying. If I had wings I would fly there too I guess πŸ™‚ Such a beautiful coast!

I have been travelling for about 6 weeks now and I am really falling in love with the place. Of course I haven’t seen the “dark side” of the country, the corruption and the crime and stuff like that, so my opinion is highly biased, but – and I know I repeat myself – this place is so beautiful! Like in-a-fairy-tale-beautiful. Like nothing bad could ever happen here. Like god-made-this-place-with-fairy-dust-especially-for-me-to-make-me-happy-beautiful. No wonder so many people stay here when they come for a working holiday.

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Penguins, albatrosses and seals in Dunedin

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