Meet Nori & Bert, the Academy's Newly Named Penguin Chicks
Earlier this month, we asked you to help us choose names for two of
our newest animal arrivals. Nearly 2,000 votes were cast for the names
submitted by our museum neighbors, including Asian Art Museum,
Exploratorium, de Young, Oakland Museum of California, Walt Disney
Family Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. We’ve tallied the votes, and it’s official—Nori and Bert are the winning names!
Nori (submitted by Asian Art Museum) is the Japanese name for edible seaweed species of the red algae genus Pyropia. In many Asian countries it is used to wrap the rice and fish (a penguin favorite!) and is a main ingredient of sushi. Bert
(submitted by Walt Disney Family Museum) is the name of the character
played by actor Dick Van Dyke, who famously danced with animated
penguins the Walt Disney film Mary Poppins.
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.