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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
Little Blue Penguins

OPENING THIS DECEMBER

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Little Blue Penguins

Launching December 13

 

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) will soon become home to a delightful colony of little penguins, with an interactive new exhibit launching in December 2019.


Opening in time for the summer school holidays, the Little Blue Penguins zone will immerse guests in the wonderful world of the smallest penguin species – above and below the water!

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT LITTLE BLUE PENGUINS

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Eudyptula Genus – Little Penguins
Other names: Fairy penguin, little blue penguins, blue penguins
Height: 13-15 in.
Weight: 1.75-3 lb.
Subspecies: There’s debate over the existence of five or six.
Life expectancy in the wild: 6-20 years.
Approximated Population: 1 Million
Population tendency: Decreasing


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Also known as Fairy penguins, blue penguins, and little blue penguins, this species is the smallest of all penguins; a fully developed adult can weigh only 2.6 lb. They have a fragile and delicate appearance highlighted by a bluish color unique among all species of penguins.

Chicks have a brown and white plumage that turns to the blue color that characterizes adults after their first molt.


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Little penguins largest colonies are in Oamaru, Chatham Island and Banks Peninsula in New Zealand, as well as Phillip Island in Australia and along the coast of Tasmania, around the entire coastline of New Zealand and most of the southern coast of Australia. 

Their natural habitat consists of trees, rocky shores, and edgy lands, still reachable by humans.


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Little blue penguins are mainly nocturnal as they perform most of their activity during the night creating small groups of about ten members or less. They are not migratory and stay close to their colonies most of the time.

Unlike larger species, they can dive only to a depth of 230 feet for approximately 35 seconds, but usually they do it in depths ranging from 59 to 102 ft.


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Little penguins can be found on land from June through March. During this time they lay their eggs, attend to their young, and moult. During April and May, they spend large amounts of time at sea feeding in preparation for the next nesting season.


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Discover Sunshine Coast’s only colony of Little Blue Penguins as they march, dive, swim & play.

The brand new zone will immerse guests into the wonderful world of Little Blue Penguins above and below the water.

(Artist Impression Only)

Walk with the penguins and explore their habitat from land to sea, with the exhibit offering viewing opportunities from above and below the waters edge.

With three elements on offer, guests can explore the attraction from the above the water observation deck, combined with an under the water interactive zone.

(Artist Impression Only)

The experience will use a mix of hands on interactives as well as above and below the water viewing opportunity to take guests on a journey of fun and education.

(Artist Impression Only)

Little Blue Penguins will also educate guests about the threads penguins are facing these days and the actions people can take to make sure that 

 

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