Penguin Chick Hatched In Popular 'Splash Zone: Ocean Homes' Gallery
January 11, 2011
Monterey Bay Aquarium
MONTEREY, Calif. -- The first-ever African blackfooted penguin chick hatched at the Monterey Bay Aquarium over the weekend.Aquarium officials said the penguin chick hatched in the "Splash Zone: Ocean Homes" gallery on Saturday in the penguin exhibit.Aimee Greenebaum, of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, said the chick is vocalizing and appears to be doing well.“We’re very excited to welcome our first penguin chick,” she said. “It’s great to have a baby around.”If all goes well, Greenebaum said the chick will remain in its nest for about three weeks, or until it starts wandering out on its own.The chick will then be moved behind the scenes where it will be hand-raised until it becomes comfortable with people.Greenebaum said the chick will be raised as an "education bird," which means it will interact with the public as part of educational programs.
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.