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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast welcomes little blue penguin chick

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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium is thrilled to announce the arrival of a little blue penguin chick. Proud, first-time parents Aqua and Bluey naturally waddled into parenthood and the team couldn’t be happier about this fluffy addition to the penguin colony.

To provide the perfect environment for development, as soon as the egg was laid, it was carefully replaced with a substitute to be artificially incubated. During this incubation period, both Aqua and Bluey took turns, attentively caring for the substitute egg, mirroring how they would have cared for their own.

Behind the scenes, the penguin team closely monitored the egg’s progress, checking it daily and ‘candling’ it weekly (shining a light through the shell) to ensure the chick’s healthy development. A little over one month later, a crack appeared in the egg, so it was quickly returned to the parents for hatching.

Little Blue Penguin Chick at Sea Life Sunshine Coast

Just hatched – a little blue penguin chick at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. Credit: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

 

The hatching process was slow, so Mammals Manager Jess Hart, assisted over two days, delicately aiding the process by removing bits of shell and membrane until the chick could hatch.

Weighing just 49 grams at birth, the little blue penguin was weak and received round-the-clock care, including tube feeds with a special fish slurry. Aqua and Bluey took charge as the chick grew stronger, feeding their little bundle of joy, who’s ferocious appetite quickly led to a doubling in weight.

Jess Hart said, “Little blue penguins hold a special place in the heart of Australia, being the only species of penguin to breed on mainland shores. Aqua and Bluey have embraced their new role as parents enthusiastically, seamlessly adapting to family life and sharing the responsibilities of raising their chick, who is gaining weight and progressing well.

“We are all excited to watch the chick progress over the coming weeks as it ventures out to meet the rest of the colony and have its first swim!”

Little Blue Penguin Chick at Sea Life Sunshine Coast

The new little blue penguin chick ventures out for the first time. Credit: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

 

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast invites guests to share the joy of this heart-warming journey as Aqua, Bluey, and their chick embark on their adventures together.

Guests can get up close with the playful penguins on a Penguin Encounter and discover a range of other marine and freshwater creatures at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, including sharks, rays, turtles and more!


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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