Saturday, February 20, 2016

Queensland Sea World penguin chicks steal show on Gold Coast



Sea World's new penguin chicks were unveiled to the public on Friday.
Sea World's new penguin chicks were unveiled to the public on Friday. Photo: Supplied
A penguin colony on display at Queensland's Sea World theme park boasts three new chicks.

The trio broke the ice with guests on Friday close to the window at the Gold Coast enclosure.

They weighed just 200g at first but have been growing rapidly, Sea World spokeswoman Katrina Krygger said.

Since hatching, the chicks have been fed by both parents, who regurgitate fish.Since hatching, the chicks have been fed by both parents, who regurgitate fish. Photo: Supplied
"With king penguins having the longest gestation period of any bird, it is a testament to the world-class Penguin Encounter exhibit that we have been able to breed king penguins in successive seasons," she said.

Since hatching they have been fed by both parents, who regurgitate fish.

Ms Krygger described breeding season as an enriching time for the penguins, and said the colony had been trumpeting to show excitement when the chicks chirped.

Their gender will not be known until DNA tests have been carried out.

The theme park is holding a naming competition for one of the Antarctic natives on its Facebook page.
The suggestions so far include Snorkel, Arty and Casey - after the Australian Antarctic Division base.

The $12 million penguin enclosure is home to king and gentoo penguins, which act as a way to teach guests about the impacts of climate change.
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1 comment:

Michael Maloney said...

Every city has its very own set of attractions that entice both local and global visitors. The same fact applies to Gold Coast with its famous Sea World that most tourists look forward to and make as their main purpose of visit most of the time. These baby chicks help to further increase the popularity which boosts tourism.