Posts Tagged ‘Humboldt’

The Great Penguin Escape

June 10, 2014
Don’t let this cute Humboldt penguin fool you, Penguin 337 will not follow the rules

Don’t let this cute Humboldt penguin fool you, Penguin 337 will not follow the rules

This plucky Humboldt penguin had scaled rocks twice its size and then found a gap in the 6 foot high fence surrounding Tokyo Sea Life Park to get to open water.  Initially, the park staff were worried penguin 337 would not be capable of surviving outside the the aquarium. But, after seeing the videos people had taken of him enjoying the prime fishing areas of Tokyo Bay, they admitted he was more than capable looking after himself.  Since becoming an international celebrity the least his Japanese hosts could do was give him a proper name, and shortly after his capture penguin 337 was named Sazanami, which translates as “small waves”.   Sazamami also sounds similar to how “337” is pronounced in Japanese, the aquarium said in a statement.  To show just how popular this penguin is the competition to name penguin 337 attracted over 6,400 entries, and as far as we know Sazamami is perfectly happy with his new name and to be back with his buddies at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

In Praise of Penguin 337

May 21, 2012

Reprinted from an editorial from The Guardian in the U.K.

It’s always splendid to see the small grab big attention, and – a mere 60cm tall, too little even to be deemed a boy or girl – Penguin 337 has certainly done that. The bird’s great break from Tokyo Sea Life Park triggered wildly hopeful sightings right across Japan, some hundreds of miles away. His (or is that her?) confirmed discovery swimming serenely in nearby Tokyo bay was less dramatic, but established that this was one unflappable bird. Scaling the park’s 12-foot walls on flippers was no mean feat, but then 337’s Humboldt species is reliably game. These little Latin Americans look like classically cute waddlers in the Pingu mould, but are hardy and versatile. They can nest in the dry of the Atacama desert, and are – as BBC footage confirms – perfectly capable of skiing on sand, and indeed on the backs of sea lions. But they are vulnerable to warming seas. Let 337’s heartening dash for freedom serve as a reminder not to forget the soaring mercury.