Penguin Playtime Takes Over Shedd Aquarium

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

When the humans are away, the penguins will play.

Or at least, that's what it means for penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

While the attraction is closed to visitors during the coronavirus pandemic, staffers have been taking resident penguins on "field trips" to various exhibits and posting videos of the black and white waddlers online. 

The latest video shows Edward and Annie exploring the Wild Reef exhibit. Another recent video gives a glimpse of Wellington visiting the Caribbean Reef pavilion where, like many a-human before him, he seems transfixed by the colourful queen angelfish and luminescent lookdowns swimming by. 

Wellington visiting the belugas is a particularly fascinating video as both creatures curiously survey each other. 

And it's not just penguins that we can virtually admire. The aquarium regularly posts aww-inducing videos of its inhabitants, from Cooper and Watson's – two sea otter pups – playtime to Mantis shrimps cleaning each others' eyes.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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