Posts Tagged ‘Aquarium Of The Pacific’

Fat Boy The Penguin Celebrates A Birthday

October 21, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that Fat Boy the African black-footed penguin turned 32 years old yesterday at Tampa’s Gulf World Marine Park, and yes, he’s the oldest penguin in the park. The celebration kicked off with a meet and greet with the birthday boy. Gulf World also auctioned off a piece of artwork drawn by Fat Boy himself by waddling over paint and then onto a canvas leaving some colorful penguin footprints.fat+boyAfrican black-footed penguins usually live into their mid-20’s in the wild. But Fat Boy’s trainers say he won’t stop waddling anytime soon! “Fat Boy has excellent care by our veterinarian Dr. Sags,” Gulf World’s Marketing Coordinator Sam Tuno said. “He is monitored very closely, and he also is given laser therapy weekly for his arthritis. So he lives a very great life. He doesn’t have predators, so he has been able to live much longer than the average penguin.”   FYI, Fat Boy is not named because of his weight, but after a former Gulf World owner whose favorite model of Harley is called Fat Boy.

Waddle In Peace Noodles

October 16, 2015

We are shocked and sad to report that Noodles, one of the Magellanic penguins living at Aquarium of the Pacific, died Wednesday unexpectedly. The Aquarium announced the penguins death Thursday in a statement, saying employees were shocked and saddened by the penguin’s death. Noodles’ body was discovered Wednesday morning in its burrow, although the penguin had not appeared to have been ill.

Noodles hatched in 2002 and came to the Aquarium in 2011. He was mated to another penguin named Patsy at the Aquarium and the pair’s chicks, named Paddles and Mattson, hatched in 2014.  Also, that same year, Noodles popularity at the aquarium soared with the publication of a popular children’s book about a penguin called Noodles & Albie.

AR-151019668Results of a necropsy performed to determine the cause of Noodles’ death may be known to Aquarium personnel in about one month. The loss of Noodles happened as Aquarium personnel are also preparing to euthanize another penguin, dubbed Elvis, who has been afflicted with a neurological ailment.

“Dealing with both of these losses during the same time period has saddened all of us. We will greatly miss Noodles and Elvis,” Aquarium vice president of animal husbandry Perry Hampton said in a statement.

Penguin Chick Joins Pals At Aqarium Of The Pacific

August 12, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that the Aquarium of the Pacific announced the birth of its newest, fluffiest addition to the family, a Magellanic Penguin chick who hatched on June 5. The baby will make its public debut and join the other penguins in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat on Tuesday, August 18.

vvhpUXuh-kXhQ42rCPQ5YM13Cb0udyNFdbkCgLyXvr4The new chick represents the third generation of aquarium-born penguins. Paddles, Jayde, Mattson and Skipper were born in 2014, while Heidi and Anderson both came into the world the year before. Penguins Roxy and Floyd are the parents of this year’s chick, while Heidi and Anderson are its siblings.

Magellanic Penguin chicks are born with a downy layer of plumage that is not watertight. For safety reasons, including preventing the chick from wandering into the water before its feathers are fit for a swim, the chicks are removed from their nests after 25 days to a behind-the-scenes nursery until their down is replaced by watertight juvenile feathers, a process called fledging. The chick will also learn to swim and to take hand-fed fish before it is moved to the penguin habitat to rejoin its fine feathered community.

6DbQJ4Nd1ueHdMhpBodFnG_p4ylqs9n2YKNbtHgCXNUAccording to Dudley Wigdahl, curator of birds and mammals at the aquarium, the chick only weighed about 70 grams when it hatched in early June, while it now weighs about seven pounds. It’s about three quarters through the fledging process (it still has some downy feathers on its back) and its gender will be determined through a blood test near the end of next week.

“To the inexperienced eye, both males and females look exactly alike,” he said of the species. “There is a little bit of difference when they’re adults, the males are slightly heavier, slightly taller, the bill is slightly longer, but there’s an overlap, so you can’t really be 100 percent sure until someone lays an egg.”

And while the chick hasn’t been named yet, Wigdahl says that its keepers have noticed a little spunk in its personality. “It’s more interested in playing than in eating food, so this one seems to be a very curious bird,” he said.

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. According to the aquarium, it takes between 38 and 43 days of incubation before this type of Penguin egg will hatch. Chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. In the wild, Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch.

The chick will be reintroduced to friends and family on Tuesday, August 18, when the public can take a gander at the once-fluffy bundle starting at 9:00AM when the aquarium opens.

Posing With Humbug The Penguin

July 18, 2015

It seems from the Penguin Post’s perspective that lot fun stuff regarding penguins have been coming out of the U.K. recently and Humbug The Penguin is no exception.  In fact the final appearance of the Bournemouth Oceanarium’s giant mascot, Humbug, will be made today.


Over the past two weeks, Humbug has popped up in Bournemouth Square and by Boscombe Pier, ready to pose for pictures with penguin lovers of all ages. Now he will be standing in a different mystery location from July 17 to 19 for the final meet and greet with his fans.


If you’re in the area photos with Humbug should then be posted on social media using #BournemouthPenguin for residents to be in with the chance of winning a silver membership to the Oceanarium, which allows for unlimited entry to the aquarium for the rest of 2015.


The clue to find Humbug’s location is: Follow the Bourne Stream between Bournemouth Pier and the Town Center and you’ll be sure to spot Humbug within these beautiful surroundings.

Penguin Petting Therapy

October 7, 2014

As if you needed another reason to pet a penguin the Penguin Post has learned that the Newport Aquarium near Cincinnati has a new personal penguin petting encounter may have serious health benefits. Alle Barber and Ric Urban have pretty cool jobs; they get to play with penguins. Both of them perform education and outreach for the Wave Foundation, so they get to spend a lot of time with penguins. So who better to talk to about how penguins help us heal? Ric admits that he can be having a rough day until he himself has a personal encounter with a penguin. “After thirty minutes, I feel great,” Ric said. “I am ready to go off and tackle the world again.” Alle said that a few minutes with an alligator will do the same thing. “It really does make you feel calm, and just peaceful,” she said, “It’s just this feeling that nothing else matters in the world.” In addition to that, there may some power to actually petting the animals. A recent report from the Mayo Clinic found that when scientists looked at those who were petting animals, they had surge in healing hormones that led to a feeling of peace and serenity While the effects are tough to quantify, just take a look at the penguins. Notice how you can’t help but smile?

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

A Pair Of Baby Penguins Take First Waddle

August 30, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that The Aquarium of the Pacific introduced two new cuties to the public today as they waddled into the June Keyes Penguin Habitat for the first time.

The pair of female chicks are two of four baby penguins birthed earlier this year and are part of the Magellanic Penguin family. Native to Argentina and Chile, the babies are sporting beautifully shiny coats—much to the chagrin and frustration of their adult counterparts, who are going through the aggravating two-week long process of molting (and currently look mighty angry about it).

If you’re curious about their names, well, their monikers could very well be up to you. The public will have the opportunity to name one of the chicks through the Aquarium’s Adopt-a-Chick program. When you participate in the program by donating $100 or more before October 31, you will be given the chance to submit a name.

The parents of the chick born in late May are Kate and Avery—two of the Aquarium’s birds that were rescued off the coast of Brazil. The parents of the second female penguin born this summer are Patsy and Noodles.


Noodles Is A Proud Papa Penguin

June 18, 2014

The Penguin Post is proud to report that the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California has recently welcomed two new residents — a pair of penguin chicks being cared for by their parents in nest burrows inside the Keyes Penguin Habitat.

The penguin parents are Patsy and Noodles who’s egg hatched a week ago, and Kate and Avery chick hatched first 2½ half weeks ago.  The new chicks will be seen by the public when they leave their nests and join the other birds, likely at the end of the summer, officials said Tuesday.

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America, according to the aquarium. It takes between 38 and 43 days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch.

New still un-named penguin chick born at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach with proud mama Kate.

New still un-named penguin chick born at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach with proud mama Kate.

 The chicks hatch with their eyes closed, and they are able to open their eyes about a week later. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight sub-adult feathers, after about 90 days.  The aquarium’s penguin chicks are expected to fledge in late August or early September and join the other penguins in the viewable parts of the exhibit. It is also around that time that caretakers will know if they are male or female and give name them with the help of the penguin loving public.


A Penguin Named Noodles

May 22, 2014

Our crack investigative team at the Penguin Post has actually tracked down a real live penguin named Noodles, and oddly enough it turns out this Noodles lives near the beach in southern California.  With our fun kids book Noodles and Albie about to be released in a couple of weeks we did a little Noodles-centirc snooping and it didn’t take long for us to be pleasantly surprised by finding a real live waddling Noodles.   Turns out he’s flightless, feisty male Magellanic Penguin who’s presently residing at the Aquarium of The Pacific in Long Beach California.  Apparently, this Noodles has no idea who Albie is but he is kind of keen on a shy, sassy female penguin named Patsy, and according to their keepers the feeling from Patsy’s camp is mutual.  As told to the Penguin Post by his handlers “Noodles is a bit shy and hesitant around humans. He takes his food all at once and then runs back into the water. He’s also a bit noisy and gets very vocal at times. He’s a strong chunky guy with a very strong bite. But, despite his powerful bite, Noodles doesn’t seem to challenge the other males much.”   Sounds like some people I know.  Noodles might not be aware of this, but he might be getting a little more attention as the gift shop at the Aquarium of The Pacific has agreed to carry our book Noodles & Albie.

Noodles of Long Beach

Noodles of Long Beach

Penguins Lost In Brazil Find A New Home

May 21, 2012

The Penguin Post has learned that four young penguins who were found stranded last year on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have found a new home in the United States, being adopted as part of the new penguin exhibit in Long Beach, California. They are believed to have strayed north from coastal Argentina in search of food ending up on the beach in Rio.  This is not the first time penguins have ventured too far north and ended up on Brazilian beaches, but these landings have become more frequent in recent years and climate experts blame changes in the Earth’s atmosphere for penguins straying into Brazilian waters while searching for food. “Most of the ones that were found there were juveniles and probably what ended up happening was they were following a food source far north of their traditional feeding grounds – the food sources appeared, they followed, ending up stranded and from there they didn’t know where to go,” said Jeff Gacade, a mammalogist at the Aquarium of the Pacific.   The 1.5 million dollar June Keyes exhibit will house 13 Magellanic penguins, who are named after their natural habitat, the Strait of Magellan.  The four penguins found on the Brazilian beaches are the only non-domestically raised penguins, with the other nine all coming from other exhibits across the United States.

Penguins Waddle Into New Home

May 17, 2012

The Penguin Post is happy to report that Spring is in the air for the Aquarium of the Pacific’s newest residents – a colony of 13 Magellanic Penguins. The aquarium will officially unveil its new June Keyes Penguin Habitat to the public today, but some of the birds have already begun breeding. Assistant curator Rob Mortensen said aquarium staff was surprised when the penguins, most of which arrived several months ago, began pairing up and laying eggs before their habitat home was complete.  One pair is already raising a chick and another group is attending to a clutch of eggs. “We didn’t expect them to start breeding so quickly, but apparently Mother Nature took over,” Mortensen said.

The Aquarium of the Pacific debuts a new exhibit, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, home to the first penguins in the Aquarium’s collection. The exhibit features Magellanic penguins, some of which were rescued from Brazil where they were stranded outside their native habitat. Currently there are 7 penguins in the exhibit and more in the husbandry area tending to eggs.

Seven of the birds – six males and one female – are now on display in a 3,000-square-foot habitat built to resemble their native home along the rocky beaches of South America. The six other penguins are in a special breeding room and will be slowly introduced into the habitat once the eggs are hatched and the chicks are deemed healthy. The habitat is designed to hold up to 24 of the buoyant black-and-white birds. Aquarium President Jerry Schubel said the new exhibit will help educate the public about the environmental threats facing penguins across the world. More than 75 percent of the world’s 17 penguin species are threatened due to climate change, oil spills and overfishing, he said. “Perhaps never before have penguins experienced such rapid environmental changes,”he said. “We can help them by choosing sustainable seafood, decreasing carbon emissions, reducing pollution and protecting areas where these penguins breed and forage.” Schubel said a common misconception is that all penguins live in chilly climates with snow and ice. Several species live in warmer temperate zones.

Marley Brown, 3, watches swimming penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific for the debut of a new exhibit.

“Most penguin species have never even seen snow, they’re like us in Southern California,” he said. The Magellanic Penguin is native to the coasts of Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands. The flightless birds are named after explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who spotted them on a voyage to South American in 1519.Four of the aquarium’s penguins were rescued on a beach near Rio de Janiero in Brazil and deemed unfit for the wild because of health issues. The penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific won’t have to worry about food. They’re fed a rich diet of sardines and smelt up to three times a day. As part of the permanent exhibit, visitors will be able to learn more about penguins through two short films, a children’s program and a penguin guest speaker series. For information call 562-590-3100 or visit