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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.

  • 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 live penguin cam shows two Magellanic Penguin chicks that hatched at the Aquarium in late May. Parents Kate and Avery and Patsy and Robbie, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat, cared for the baby penguins until they were ready to go to their behind-the-scenes nursery to learn to take whole fish from keepers for feedings and to swim in shallow pools. The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins, which are native to the coasts of Chile and Argentina in South America.

It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. The chicks hatch with their eyes closed, and they are able to open their eyes about a week later. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight adult feathers, after about 90 days. Be sure to follow the two chicks and their daily habits on the penguin cam.

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location: Long Beach, CA

best hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm

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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