The Aquarium announced the animal’s death Thursday in a statement, saying employees were shocked and saddened by the penguin’s death. Noodles’ body was discovered Wednesday morning in its burrow, although the penguin had not appeared to have been ill.
Noodles hatched in 2002 and came to the Aquarium in 2011. He was mated to another penguin named Patsy at the Aquarium and the pair’s chicks, named Paddles and Mattson, hatched in 2014.
Results of a necropsy performed to determine the cause of Noodles’ death may be known to Aquarium personnel in about one month.
The loss of Noodles happened as Aquarium personnel are also preparing to euthanize another penguin, dubbed Elvis, who has been afflicted with a neurological ailment.
“Dealing with both of these losses during the same time period has saddened all of us. We will greatly miss Noodles and Elvis,” Aquarium vice president of animal husbandry Perry Hampton said in a statement.
Magellanic penguins’ maximum lifespan can exceed 30 years, according to the Penguin Sentinals project that includes researchers from the University of Washington and in Argentina.