Penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium (& You Can Name Them)!

Vancouver Aquarium's African Penguins. Photo: Dana Lynch

Unless you’ve been hiding out in your own tank full of water, you’ve heard about the Vancouver Aquarium’s newest residents: six South African penguins, who made their public debut on May 18, 2012.

Visitors can see the penguins in action, waddling, swimming and diving—and yes, they are frickin’ adorable—at their new home, Penguin Point, located outdoors between the Aquarium’s Wild Coast and Canada’s Arctic exhibits. It’s a bit of an adjustment for these penguins, who were kept indoors at their previous digs at the New England Aquarium in Boston; hopefully they’ll like our weather better than most new transplants!

The six penguins include two males and four females, none of whom have names. To find the right names to welcome the penguins to Vancouver, the Aquarium is holding a Penguin Naming Contest, which anyone can enter and which runs through June 17, 2012.

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Penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium (& You Can Name Them)!