The gentoo and macaroni penguins at the Tennessee Aquarium get a six-month check-up. In this video, Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Chris Keller explains the thorough examination.
Monday, November 12, 2007
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I just wanted to drop a note and let you know how much I enjoy watching the live cam on the Internet every day, wow what a break from work! Keep up the good work with the cute guys maybe one day I'll get to see them in person!
Thanks a million!
Thanks for the e-mail Tammy! (You're not the only one who takes a little penguin break at work. We're told they act as great stress relievers.) And we believe if you enjoy them that much on the web, you owe yourself a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium to see them in person.
Friday, September 21, 2007
It's always fun hearing from families after they visit the Tennessee Aquarium, and we love to see their pictures as well. So thanks to Jeri from Chattanooga for sending this terrific picture and brief story about a photographer with a bright future ahead.
"I have attached the picture that my 9 year old son took – Joshua. In the photo is his older brother Charlie who is 10 ½. Charlie is looking into the glass at the penguin, showing his reflection."
"Charlie and Josh and wonderful little boys, I am truly blessed. We moved back down to Chattanooga last summer from New Jersey. When we lived here in 97 through 99, Charlie and I would go to the aquarium all the time. He loves all the fish. They enjoy living here in scenic Chattanooga." - Jeri
Thanks for sending the great picture! We hope Joshua and Charlie come back soon.
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Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker was in the Scenic City recently to address the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce during their annual meeting. Senator Baker praised the city for it's many accomplishments including the rebirth of the downtown and revitalization of the entire riverfront area. His remarks included high praise for the Tennessee Aquarium saying, "The Tennessee Aquarium does unique and special things for Chattanooga. It's the crown jewel of this community." We were pleased to introduce him to the Aquarium's newest stars, our gentoo and macaroni penguins. Senator Baker has always been a passionate photographer, and he really enjoyed the chance to photograph the playful birds at "Penguins' Rock." Penguin curiosity brought them close enough for some great shots. Afterwards a number of people spotted him and walked up to say hello and shake hands. That's high praise for Senator Baker who is obviously still very popular among many of the people he served.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
(Photos taken by Clarita Berger at the Tennessee Aquarium)
I have posted about preening before, but it’s worth mentioning again since you will see the penguins doing this in a variety of ways. In fact, you’ll see at least one of the penguins, somewhere in the exhibit, preening either on the rocks or in the water virtually all the time. Penguins have to maintain their feathers to ensure waterproofing and insulation. They use their beaks to smooth and straighten their feathers. They also use their beaks to spread a waxy substance from a gland at the base of their tail. Both preening techniques help penguins to stay waterproof and warm. Sometimes you’ll see the penguins swimming along on one side, wiggling and spraying water everywhere…this is a penguin bath. Bathing is another way birds keep their feathers in the best shape possible. Occasionally you’ll witness allopreening, or mutual preening. This is when two birds very gently preen each other. The pictures above are two of our macaroni penguins preening each other. They aren’t necessarily mates, but clearly they are friendly enough to spend some time together taking care of each other’s feathers.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Why do penguins eat fish? Penguins were made to hunt fish. Everything about them is suited for life in the water. Their beaks are designed for catching fish. Some penguins have long, thin, pointed beaks and some have shorter, thicker beaks; each type suited for catching different kinds of fish. Penguins are also built for speed underwater so they can chase and catch their prey. Here at the Tennessee Aquarium their favorite fish are smelt, capelin and mackerel.
Why don’t they have a slide? As much fun as that would be for us, penguins wouldn’t like a slide. Penguins really prefer diving into the water.
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They are ages 5 and 2, and and are very fascinated with the penguins. We will be viewing the penguins in person when they come to visit us in Tennessee on their way home in August.
Thanks for the Live Penguin Cam!"
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Send them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org And I'll post some of your marvelous macaroni, gorgeous gentoo or fabulous family pictures right here. Make sure you tell me a little bit about your visit and who or what's in the shot. I'm looking forward to seeing you right here soon!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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I wanted to mention this because penguins really do surf in the wild. I have a terrific book called "Penguin Life" which has incredible pictures of gentoo penguins surfing the Falkland Islands. Take a look for yourself, and read photographer Andy Rouse's comments about these amazing pictures here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2005/10/20/andy_rouse_wildlife_photographer_feature.shtml
Friday, May 18, 2007
On the day before “Penguins’ Rock” opened at the Tennessee Aquarium, I posted a message on this blog about relationship building and watching the penguins. I told you how important observing their behavior is to make sure they are all staying happy and healthy. You see, in the animal world sickness or injury is a sign of weakness to predators. So an animal will try very hard to hide any health problems they may have. We use a critical eye to watch all of our animals and our volunteers help with this task. We have been paying very close attention to “Caesar,” one of the first four penguins to arrive here, for quite awhile now. At first he seemed as healthy as the other three macaroni penguins he was transported with. He seemed to enjoy his new surroundings just like the other penguins. But within a few days Caesar began exhibiting behavioral differences. He was not as energetic a swimmer as the other penguins, preferred to remain on his own, and wasn’t eating as much as the others. This caught our attention immediately. After consulting with other penguin experts within the SeaWorld network, a treatment plan was administered. For a period of time, Caesar bounced back and even began spending more time socializing with the other penguins. We also looked back at his health records and found that Caesar had shown signs of not feeding as well as his companions in the past, and he had some weight fluctuations. But Caesar always bounced back. Other Aquarium staffers would sometimes cheer Caesar on when he would snap up a fish with the other birds. We have had many good days with Caesar. This week however, his health began to turn. On Wednesday, our veterinarian drew blood and we learned that Caesar’s kidneys were failing. We tried so many treatments and worked very hard to help him get well again. After consulting with the other penguin experts in Pittsburgh and San Antonio again, we were told we had done all that we could do for Caesar, and no further treatment options were available. Caesar lost his fight with kidney failure today. This has been a very sad day for all of us. You see, we all pride ourselves on being professionals and giving all of our animals the highest level of care all of the time. But we also know when dealing with living things, the circle of life will eventually be complete. The thing that really helps today is seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone visiting. Our other 19 penguins are robust and healthy. They are still trying to eat us out of house and home, and still diving, splashing and hopping around as carefree as we would all like to be. There is a wonderful eye to eye connection that people make with these animals. And I’m thankful for the time I had to see eye to eye with Caesar.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Check out this humorous photo-shopped image of a penguin waking up a polar bear:http://www.rumorguru.com/pics/penguin-polar.jpg
Or this cartoon of what would happen if polar bears took a little boat ride:http://www.antarcticmarc.com/accessories/polar_bear_penguin.jpeg
Photo editing can also look pretty real, and may be another reason people think polar bears and penguins can co-exist as in this example:http://seppo.ihalainen.fi/wp-content/photos/PolarBear_penguins.jpg
If you want to see a few Antarctic Antics that will make you smile, check out Wally and Osborne. You guessed it! A great comic featuring a polar bear and his penguin pal: http://wallyandosborne.com/2006/09/25/digging-to-the-north-pole/
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Every morning penguin breakfast is being prepared behind the scenes, and some clever little birds have this all figured out. People have asked me if the penguins have personalities, and I would have to say yes. Take this little wise-guy for example. This gentoo doesn't mind following me into the keeper's area. He has figured out that when the door opens into the exhibit, good things like smelt or capelin usually come in. So through the door he waddles, sneaking in on my heels trying to filch some fish. Only this time he was caught on camera with his beak in the capelin tray. Before you know it he performs his favorite magic trick, making three capelin disappear....gulp....gulp....gulp. As I shoo him back into the exhibit, it feels like he has a smile on his beak. The only evidence of his crime is fishy breath, and a slightly bigger tummy.
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I'm not sure if Dickens ever met a penguin, but if he would have, he might have just as easily penned any penguin may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. Just seeing a penguin with their tuxedo-like appearance puts smiles on faces. Their dapper good looks are actually a natural way to be dressed for success. The penguin "tuxedo" provides camouflage called countershading. Viewed from above, the back blends into the dark ocean below, while the lighter belly helps the penguin blend into the surface when viewed from below. So it's no wonder the macaronis and gentoos at Penguins' Rock seem to be in such a good mood. Their wardrobe suits them very well.