A penguin whose escape from an aquarium in Japan gained him a following
around the world has been formally named after months of being known
just by his number.
Previously called Humboldt penguin No. 337, the feisty runaway would be
named Sazanami, which translates as "small waves" in Japanese, said
Tokyo Sea Life Park on its website.
"The penguin came back to the aquarium just as waves ebb and flow, which
was another reason for the name," the aquarium said in a statement
Tuesday, adding that Sazanami sounds similar to the way "337" is
pronounced in Japanese.
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.