December 14, 2018

Aquarium of the Pacific opens penguin habitat

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Southern California’s Magellanic penguin population has suddenly grown.

A $1.5 million habitat featuring 13 of the pint-sized, black white birds opened to the public Thursday at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

6 of the penguins are being kept away from the public because they are tending eggs or chicks.

The 3,000-square-foot, 60-degree exhibit includes a 14,000-gallon pool and a crawl space where visitors can feel like part of the habitat.

4 of the penguins were found starving on Brazilian beaches while the rest came from other exhibits across the United States.

There are also 30 Magellanic