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Magellanic penguins are named for Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan after he first spotted them on the eastern coast of South America during his expedition to the East Indies in 1519. They are primarily found on rocky shores and islands off the coast of Chile and Argentina.

Magellanic penguins are small to medium sized animals. They are identified by a black band that runs across their breast and belly, and a white band that circles their eyes. Their loud mating call distinguishes them from similar-looking penguins like African penguins, Humboldt penguins, and Galapagos penguins.

Penguins spend up to 80% of their lives in the ocean and prey on marine-dwelling animals. Although penguins are birds, they are unable to fly and are specially suited for life in the ocean. Their wings have evolved into flipper-like appendages that allow them to gracefully maneuver underwater.

Penguins are social animals that swim, hunt and nest in groups. Most species nest in large groups of thousands of birds called “rookeries.” The female lays two eggs and both parents are responsible for incubating them. After the penguin chicks have hatched, they live under the care of their parents who take turns foraging for food at sea.

Because of the rocky shores in which they nest, Magellanic penguins have no predators when on land, but are targeted by sea lions, leopard seals, and orcas while at sea.

  • grant: $468,000 - Aquarium of the Pacific

    To support the Aquarium’s educational programs and research projects.

  • topic: penguins

  • location: long beach

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The above water view of the exhibit features Magellanic penguins, some of which were rescued from Brazil where they were stranded outside their native habitat. The penguins join the Aquarium’s collection of more than 11,000 animals in the institution’s fifty exhibits representing the diversity of the Pacific Ocean.

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location: Long Beach, CA

best hours: 6:30am - 7:30pm

time zone: Pacific Time

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NGO: Aquarium of the Pacific

grant: $468,000

location: Long Beach

mission: To support the Aquarium’s educational programs and research projects.

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· Aquarium of the Pacific

Magellanic penguins are named for Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan after he first spotted them on the eastern coast of South America during his expedition to the East Indies in 1519. They are primarily found on rocky shores and islands off the coast of Chile and Argentina.

Magellanic penguins are small to medium sized animals. They are identified by a black band that runs across their breast and belly, and a white band that circles their eyes. Their loud mating call distinguishes them from similar-looking penguins like African penguins, Humboldt penguins, and Galapagos penguins.

Penguins spend up to 80% of their lives in the ocean and prey on marine-dwelling animals. Although penguins are birds, they are unable to fly and are specially suited for life in the ocean. Their wings have evolved into flipper-like appendages that allow them to gracefully maneuver underwater.

Penguins are social animals that swim, hunt and nest in groups. Most species nest in large groups of thousands of birds called “rookeries.” The female lays two eggs and both parents are responsible for incubating them. After the penguin chicks have hatched, they live under the care of their parents who take turns foraging for food at sea.

Because of the rocky shores in which they nest, Magellanic penguins have no predators when on land, but are targeted by sea lions, leopard seals, and orcas while at sea.

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