This live penguin cam is located at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California and features Magellanic penguins. A number of these penguins come from Brazil where they were rescued having become stranded outside their native habitat. This amazing penguin exhibit is just one of the aquarium’s fifty exhibits which collectively house over 11,000 animals and beautifully display the pacific ocean’s see life.
5 Interesting Facts About the Magellanic Penguin
- The Magellanic Penguin has a short, wedge shaped tail and long narrow wings which are used like paddles while swimming. They are fantastic swimmers and have the ability to reach speeds in excess of 24 km/hr (15 mph).
- Magellanic Penguins are mainly found in South America, typically around the coast line of Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands.
- They spend much of their time at sea except during the breeding season, from September to February, when they come ashore and create large colonies.
- Magellanic penguins are very sociable creatures and typically live in flocks with many other penguins. During the breeding season they tend to live in huge colonies along the shore line and they even tend to hunt together.
- In 2010, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) listed the Magellanic Penguin as “near threatened,” meaning that the population has experienced a sustained moderately rapid decline. However, the Magellanic Penguin is not yet thought to be vulnerable to extinction.
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If you are keen to learn more about this fascinating creature, you should find the following news articles an interesting read:
Magdalena Island is home to Magellanic penguins that look like they are smiling. More than a thousand of them were hopping about some digging out a new front porch others coddling fledglings that had just been born just about 40 days earlier.
The Magellanic penguin is a small to medium sized species of penguin found inhabiting the rocky islands off the coast of parts of South America.
From May to September of that year 38 of the 46 Magellanic penguins the zoo had just imported from Chile succumbed. They died despite the efforts of the National Animal Disease Center in nearby Ames Iowa.
Visiting in September meant missing one of southern Chile’s most famous sights the Magellanic penguin. Tens of thousands of them come here to breed in the Chilean spring and summer from October to March.