A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
AUGUST 2008: Penguin
Even in winter, you can visit the beaches in the state of Rio de Janeiro. During the long weekend in August 2008, I stayed in a hostel in Copacabana, with a dozen of friends from the university. One day, we planned to visit Itaipu Beach, within the Oceanic Region of Niterói. From Copacabana, we had to take the bus to downtown, and from there we went to the Hidroviária to take the ferry across the Guanabara Bay, to Niterói. We then had to take another bus until the final bus stop at a few hundred meters from the beach. The entrance road to the beach was guarded by the police, but they allowed us to walk to the beach. When we were enjoying some cold beers and several seafood snacks, we suddenly heard someone shouting. ‘A penguin! There! near the shoreline!’ Some people immediately run towards the poor creature and put it on a beach table. It soon was covered by a beach towel, to keep it warm. The emergency number was called, but it took more than an hour before a member of the fire brigade (completely in uniform despite the heat) arrived and carried the penguin away. That winter, more than four hundred penguins were rescued at Niterói. Some months later, they were transported back to South Brazil, where they regained their freedom.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2008, 2016