It’s a lovely day to be a penguin.
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Move Over Monday: The Bottom of the Sea
The Guardians of the Sea collection explores the amazing creatures who call it home: penguins, grey seals, dolphins and more, as well as those working to understand the ocean, feel comfortable there and help preserve its health. See more here.
Posted 1 month ago
It’s a lovely day to be a penguin.
Too Cute Tuesday: Tickle Your Penguin
Cookie is a penguin at the Cincinnati Zoo. In this 2010 viral video, his zoo keepers caught on tape one of Cookie’s favorite indulgences. You can hear him seem to giggle with delight (1:03) at getting his head scratched.
However, “Cookie is not giggling in video, but engaging in typical breeding behavior. “Some penguins are more vocal than others,” zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnes told Cincinnati.com.
Though Cookie was probably years off from knowing what he was doing. “Breeding may begin at three to four years, but most larger species are not accomplished breeders until much later. On average, breeding does not begin until the fifth year, and a few males do not breed until the eighth year… Courtship varies among species. It generally begins with both visual and auditory displays. In many species, males display first to establish a nest site and then to attract a mate. Not all species exhibit all displays, but in general there are three distinct types of displays.” (SeaWorld)
You can see penguins being penguins on one of the two live cams at the Long Beach Aquarium now.
Posted 4 months ago
Parents Love. Photo by Annelise and Claus Possberg
After a cold spell in California, it’s the perfect day for the beach - the penguins at the Long Beach Aqurium think so too and you can check them out live now.
“The stereotypical male and female parenting roles are reversed for Emperor penguins (seen above). The male penguin incubates his mate’s egg while she goes out to feed. And once the little chick hatches, the male penguin feeds it with milk that he produces in his esophagus.”
“The Magellanic penguin (like the ones on the live cam) is named after Ferdinand Magellan, who first spotted them in 1520 and who also gave his name to the Straits of Magellan at the southern tip of South Africa, where the penguins dwell.”
These noisy, charismatic sea birds bray like donkeys, and the males’ loud calls to attract females can be heard up and down the coast. During breeding season, which lasts from September through February, Magellanic penguins gather in large colonies that can number as many as 400,000 birds. They are the only penguins to breed on the Patagonian mainland. Both the male and female penguins care for their young, taking turns incubating the eggs and feeding their chicks. Penguins can live up to 30 years in the wild. (Wildlife Conservation Society)
This screen shot is from the live cam at the above water view at the Aquarium of the Pacific exhibit featuring magellanic penguins, some of which were rescued from brazil where they were stranded outside their native habitat. The penguins join the aquarium’s collection of more than 11,000 animals in the institution’s fifty exhibits representing the diversity of the pacific ocean.
Watch them at the “beach” at Explore.org.
Posted 5 months ago