Posted by: JulieAloha | May 26, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 146: Penguin Feeding

May 26, 2017

I’m grateful I had first Access this morning, meaning I manned the entrance gate from opening to 11:00am, which meant I was able to attend the Live Trout feeding of the Humboldt Penguins (every Friday morning during the Summer season). From the moment the fish hit the water to their unfortunate demise takes only about five minutes – those penguins are mega fast! There are always a few fish who elude capture for a short time, but their reprieve is decidedly short-lived, poor fishies. 

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This is an enrichment exercise for the penguins, a chance to employ their natural hunting skills, and they LOVE to chase those fish! They zip through the water snapping up trout left and right, turning on a dime and porpoising out of the water. It’s pretty cool to watch – if you get the chance to visit on a Friday morning this summer, I suggest you stand by the window with the deepest water view at the south end of the exhibit. 


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