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St Kilda Pier Little Penguin Colony

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Published February 26th 2012
Screams are coming from the rollercoasters at Luna Park and the tables out the front of Esplanade Hotel are filled with punters drinking beer and watching the sun go down over Port Phillip Bay. Old and young lovers, fitness fanatics and hedonists are dotted all the way along St Kilda Beach. It is a Sunday night - the weekend's last piece of the pie.

In amongst all of this, on the breakwater at the end of St Kilda Pier, some of the locals are turning in for the night. They've been out all day - possibly all weekend or even longer - dining out on squid and anchovies, filling their bellies until they can be filled no more. They are the Little Penguins who call St Kilda home.

St Kilda seems an odd place to find a colony of penguins, however take a walk to the end of St Kilda Pier one night and you are most likely going to be lucky enough to see these gorgeous animals. Many of the penguins come ashore just on dusk. They meander along the rocks for a little while, standing in small groups before separating and heading into their burrows.

It is best to keep your distance so as not to cause the penguins undue stress and please don't take photos as that will also impact on them. Just stand back, admire and treasure sharing the city with a colony of penguins.
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Why? Visit the locals
When: At night
Where: St Kilda Pier, The Esplanade, St Kilda
Cost: Free
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