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Aquarium staff members created some fun (and slightly spooky) jack o’lanterns for our Halloween member night – everything from an octopus to a smack of jellies, from a glow-in-the-dark anglerfish to a friendly penguin, a whale, a sea turtle – even Ariel & Flounder from Little Mermaid. Special thanks to Allen Protasio, Derek Hunziker, Andrea McCann, Renee Chaney, Caitlin Bonura and Sharon Coggin whose creations are featured here.
What’s it like to care for an African blackfooted penguin? We’re celebrating African Penguin Awareness Day on our web cam today at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., where you can hear from our penguin keepers answer questions live.
Have you seen him? Our plump penguin chick is getting fuzzier by the day.
Looking good! Our penguin chick weighed in at a healthy 424 grams during this morning’s exam. If you’re at the Aquarium you might get a peek at this cutie—we’ve got a camera set up to view the nest.
Ever seen a penguin while it’s still in the egg? This photo was taken very early in the chick’s development—the largest red dot is the embryo. Our aviculturists hold eggs to the light, a process called candling, to monitor development during the incubation process.
Welcome to our new penguin chick! This adorable African blackfooted penguin hatched the morning of August 15 in an incubator behind the scenes. During an exam today, the chick weighed in at 8.5 ounces (245 grams), more than three times its weight after hatching – a great sign that it’s eating well.
The young chick, whose gender is unknown, is now being cared for by its foster parents on exhibit in the “Splash Zone” family gallery. “We’re very excited to welcome our fourth-ever penguin chick,” said Aimee Greenebaum, associate curator of aviculture. “It’s fun to have a youngster around again.”
But Greenebaum cautions that despite excellent parental and veterinary care, blackfooted penguin chicks have a high rate of mortality.
Experienced foster parents Walvis and Boulders are raising the chick because genetic parents Bee and Geyser are inexperienced at parenting. The chick will remain with Walvis and Boulders for about three weeks or until it starts leaving its nest.
At that time, the family will be moved behind the scenes for the chick’s safety and will rejoin the colony on exhibit about three months later. Chances are that the chick will not be visible during the first few weeks as it’s still hiding under its parents and not peeking out much.
This is the fourth chick hatched in the penguin colony at the Aquarium. All of the birds are part of a Species Survival Plan for threatened African blackfooted penguins.
Congratulations to Durban the African blackfooted penguin, who turns 21 today! He’s the oldest of our penguins, and is about to celebrate his 12th year with us. In the wild, this species only lives 10-15 years. At zoos and aquariums, they can live to be in their 30s!
How much do our animals eat? On average, 305 pounds a day—nearly 56 tons a year! The Outer Bay animals take the most food, roughly 200 pounds of squid, four times a week. Our blackfooted penguins eat smelts—15 pounds, twice a day, and our invertebrates slurp 50 pounds of krill shakes a week!
Hey, is that a penguin on your pumpkin? We created five great sea creature stencils to use this Halloween, including a penguin, seahorse, sea turtle and hammerhead shark. Print one and give it a try!