November 21, 2018

Vancouver Aquarium goes to town on penguin names

Vancouver Aquarium’s seven African penguins received their names Tuesday following a month-long contest that received over 600 submissions from across B.C.

The seven names – all inspired by B.C. communities – are Lillooet, Tofino, Hope, Nelson, Steveston, Sechelt and Salt Spring.

The naming entries ranged from “incredible pieces of artwork and quirky writ-ten essays, to creative poems and original video submissions,” according to an Aquarium news release. Many also discussed the importance of habitat conservation and the endangered status of African penguins.

“The naming contest has been extremely popular and we thank everyone who participated,” Clint Wright, senior vice-president and general manager of