Peruvian Pelicans, Sea Lions, and Penguins

by admin on September 28, 2010

Believe it or not, one of my favorite parts of the Ballestas Islands boat tour was waiting in line to board. As a wildlife enthusiast, I love getting close to animals that I don’t get to see on a regular basis. The Peruvian pelicans that inhabit the area of Paracas and the Ballestas Islands are larger than most pelicans, and apparently very friendly if you’re willing to feed them fish. Locals feed the pelicans right next to the line for the boat tour, so tourists can see them up close. They even offered to let us throw the fish, but we declined! They are beautiful birds, and it was interesting to see them so well.

The sea lions also had a lot of personality, and were caught jumping in and out of fishermen’s’ nets to steal their catch of the day! Our tour guide wondered where they were, until we saw the fishing boat and discovered where they’d been hiding.

The penguins, or penguinos as they say in Peru, were fun to watch for the brief moment before they jumped into the water.