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Charlie the Penguin Starts Swimming Lessons

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: January 20, 2022 9:59 am

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Penguin Swim School

A keeper at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium helps Charlie the penguin with one of his first swims

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium have begun swimming lessons with their latest penguin chick Charlie.

Born in December the chick was described as 'sassy' and 'hungry' by keepers. Keepers are still waiting to confirm the gender of the chick. Some of his DNA will be sent for testing to confirm this in the coming weeks.

His first swim comes as the world celebrates Penguin Awareness Day. This important day celebrates the role of these birds in the ecosystem and aims to ensure they will be around for years to come.

Charlie will be an important ambassador to inspire sydneysiders to conserve penguins.

12 of the world's 18 penguin species are experiencing declines due to habitat loss, decreasing food stability, and human practices impacting breeding and foraging success. 

Before jumping in the water Charlie had a  routine health check, with keepers monitoring its flippers, beak, and weight. After being given the all-clear he was ready to jump in the water with keepers.

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“Since we announced Charlie to the world last month, we’re pleased to report they are still measuring at a healthy weight! Charlie has just finished moulting its juvenile feathers and has grown its first-ever waterproof plumage. Today is an important milestone for Charlie, as we embark on swimming lessons!” said Patrick Nelson, Penguin Keeper at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

 

“Every penguin chick is unique, and some chicks love the water whilst others are a bit more nervous. Charlie was quite nervous ahead of the swimming lessons today which is definitely not unexpected! Learning to swim with over 30 adult Gentoo Penguins watching you must be a little be daunting, but Charlie gave us the signal today when she was ready to get out. Both of Charlie’s parents are very confident swimmers so it’s expected to be an absolute natural in no time,” added Patrick.


Gentoo penguins are the world's fastest species of underwater bird and can reach speeds of up to 36km/h.

Learn more about Gentoo Penguins here – Gentoo Penguin Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium on their website – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Penguin Swim School

A keeper at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium helps Charlie the penguin with one of his first swims

Photo Credit: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

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