There are a lot of adorable things going on at the Shedd Aquarium. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped people from visiting the facility, the animals are free to make friends with each other.
They do so by means of little field trips and the penguins have enjoyed taking them. Recently, they were taken to the Oceanarium habitat, where they got up close and personal with the beluga whales. As you can see in the video below, the whales were just as curious as the penguins.
The penguins did what they do best, they waddled around and looked adorable while they were staring at the belugas. When the whales came close to the Oceanarium window, they would stop and stare back.
Beluga whales and penguins live about as far apart from each other as possible. You will find beluga whales in the northern hemisphere and penguins in the southern hemisphere. It would be an extreme rarity for these animals to meet in the wild.
Those penguins met animals on their field trips other than the beluga whales that are just as curious as they were. A 32-year-old rockhopper, Wellington, was one of those penguins that visited the Underwater Viewing area of Shedd’s Oceanarium habitat. A few beluga whales live in that habitat.
Since the Shedd closed to public visits earlier in March, the penguins have been taking a few field trips. The adventure started a couple of weeks ago when they visited the Amazon Rising exhibit to see the fishes.
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The penguins were also able to check out the Shedd Aquarium rotunda, look for info at the information kiosk, and visit the Caribbean Reef exhibit. They also joined some other animals for a St. Patrick’s Day party.
Last week, they were able to visit the Underwater Beauty special exhibit. Some of the fish that they enjoyed seeing were angelfish and anthias. They also got to see spotted jellies.
Other animals are also exploring the habitats at the Shedd. This includes a five-year-old porcupine name Tyson who went on his own field trip at the aquarium. While watching the penguins, he was chewing on a stick. Although he was only curious at first, he eventually wanted to interact.
If all goes well, the Shedd will open to the public on April 20. Until then, there are plenty of activities to keep the animals busy.
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