When people think of penguins, they probably picture the King penguin. King penguins can grow up to a metre tall and typically weigh around 15 kilograms. Their streamlined and insulated feathers are black and white with a distinct yellow colouration around the neck. So it comes as no surprise that staff at SEA Life Aquarium are particularly excited about welcoming one of these beautiful creatures to their family.
This summer, a new, ‘first of its kind’, interactive penguin exhibit is set to open at the aquarium. And this amazing enclosure needs a king. ‘Nog’ is the name that has been given to the two-year-old male penguin that will be making his debut appearance when the new exhibit opens. The unusual name comes as relation to his father ‘Egg’, referencing a long-standing tradition at SEA LIFE.
Nog showing off his amazing coat, featuring bright yellow colouration and streamlined feathers, perfect for fishing. [Photograph by SEA LIFE]
Nog is the perfect candidate for the role of his species ambassador. David Watts, displays manager at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium says, “Nog is an energetic and cheeky character who likes to look after the younger chicks and is respected and loved by his peers”. After falling in love with Nog, the aquarium hopes visitors will become passionate about the conservation of the penguins’ home on Macquarie Island.
In the wild King penguins are under threat from habitat destruction, pollution and a diminishing food source due to overfishing. SEA LIFE Aquarium aims to promote the message, ‘BREED, RESCUE and PROTECT’ which staff hopes to represent through their new Penguin Expedition. General manager of the aquarium, Steve Hinks says, “Penguin Expedition is the biggest investment SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium has made in a creature exhibit in its 28 year history, and is our best opportunity to educate visitors on the conservation threats facing the penguins’ home on Macquarie Island”.
The exhibit is set to open this November. Don’t miss your chance to meet sub-Antarctic royalty.