Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sea World Penguin News

Sea World Prepares to Open Penguin Encounter

Tue, 12/21/2010 - 7:31 AM
By Renee Soutar
Gold Coast, Australia - Sea World’s newest animal exhibit ‘Penguin Encounter’ is having the final touches applied in preparation for a Boxing Day opening.
The $12M exhibit will be an amazing frozen world, home to the world’s second largest penguin species, the King penguin as well as the agile Gentoo penguin.
Sea World Director of Marine Sciences Trevor Long said that Penguin Encounter is a world class exhibit which is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike.
“The Penguins are just amazing fun to watch; the Gentoos are very playful and active and are constantly jumping in and out of the water, while the Kings are more majestic in their behaviour.
“Penguin Encounter is a slice of Antarctica at Sea World, with up to 5 tonne of snow being created daily, plus icy rock formations and a crystal clear pool for the penguins to explore; it’s truly a spectacular exhibit,” he said.
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Perfect weather for Sea World's penguins

AS Sea World launched its icy penguin attraction, a cold snap put Coolangatta residents through their coldest December night in more than two decades.
The temperature dropped to just 12.6C on Tuesday  the coldest in 24 years and seven degrees below the long-term monthly average.
The Gold Coast Seaway also recorded a chilly 15.1C, the coolest night in two months and five degrees below the December average.
  Weather bureau senior forecaster Geoff Doueal said the same weather system that dumped snow on the Victorian alps had contributed to the unusually cool temperatures.
''It was all related to that cold air from Victoria and dry air coming from the southwest, which cleared the sky following the weekend rain, which led to the cooler overnight temperatures,'' Mr Doueal said.
''It was the first time we'd had that for a long time.''
The news was good timing for Sea World which unveiled its 12 new penguins  six king and six gentoo  in preparation for the official opening of its $12 million Penguin Encounter attraction on Boxing Day.
The penguins arrived from New Zealand two weeks ago and have spent that time becoming familiar with their new enclosure which is kept at a constant temperature of one degree below zero.
Sea World can also make up to three tonnes of snow a day to help replicate Antarctica and keeps the water in the display at a constant 5 degrees.


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