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The Egg Has Landed!

Mark your calendars for Floyd and Roxy, Magellanic Penguins, first egg of the mating season – May 14, 2014!

You can watch Floyd and Roxy on the Aquarium of the Pacific Live Cam as their egg is cared for and hopefully, a penguin chick greets us the end of June. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. In the picture above, father Floyd is inspecting his offspring.

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 adult feathers, after about 90 days.

(Thanks to Samantha Eye for the snapshot!)