Bluff penguins prove popular


BLUFF Maritime Museum curator Trish Birch looks at a waddle of penguins, (from left) a Hoiho (yellow-eyed), little blue penguin, white flippered penguin and Fiordland crested penguin on display at the museum.

The penguins, which had proved popular with overseas tourists from Asia pre-Covid-19 lockdown and local school children during the recent school holidays, had been taxidermied and donated by teacher and naturalist Lloyd Esler, she said.

Although museum numbers were generally down due to the Covid-19 situation and winter opening hours, Mrs Birch had “noticed an increase” in visitor numbers during the school holidays with children popping in with their parents and grandparents.

Located at 241 Foreshore Rd on the Bluff waterfront, the museum was open Monday to Friday, 10am-3.30pm.

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