During the winter months, from 4pm onwards, you will notice that the lights in our penguin enclosure will be in low light or going into a sunset cycle of reds. This is to ensure we closely match the conditions found in the Southern Hemisphere – where Gentoo penguins are found. The variation in light cycles and temperature is designed to encourage their natural seasonal behaviour including a yearly moult, nesting and breeding. At this time of year that means the sun sets earlier at Penguin Point. This practice is based on years of worldwide experience in maintaining the best possible conditions and to ensure that Gentoo penguins breed successfully.

Penguins are playful! They love to slide down icy patches on their bellies and take turns to dive into the ocean. Did you know their black and white pattern is a form of camouflage? It helps them blend in with the water and keep safe from predators.

Penguins are found almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere. They are ‘flightless’ birds but they can soar through the water like a torpedo to catch fish! There are 17 species of penguins but they are running out of food! This is due to over-fishing and global warming.

SEA LIFE has helped breed baby King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins and Humboldt Penguins.

Scroll down to find out more about SEA LIFE London's Gentoo Penguins!

Some Penguins come from very warm climates close to the equator. For example the Humboldt Penguin is found living on the coastline in Peru and Chile!

Penguin poo is called ‘guano’!

Other species such as Emperors, Kings and Gentoos live in one of the coldest, harshest places on the planet; Antarctica!

Some Penguins come from very warm climates close to the equator. For example the Humboldt Penguin is found living on the coastline in Peru and Chile!

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Some Penguins come from very warm climates close to the equator. For example the Humboldt Penguin is found living on the coastline in Peru and Chile!

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Penguin poo is called ‘guano’!

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Penguin poo is called ‘guano’!

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Other species such as Emperors, Kings and Gentoos live in one of the coldest, harshest places on the planet; Antarctica!

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Other species such as Emperors, Kings and Gentoos live in one of the coldest, harshest places on the planet; Antarctica!

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Gentoo Penguins

'Penguin Point’ is a magical opportunity to get to know our amazing Gentoo Penguins! Gentoos are the third largest species of Penguin in the world after the Emperor and Kings.

Wild Gentoos live in one of the harshest landscapes on the planet, so this species is specially adapted to life in the cold. Their body is covered in an insulating layer of blubber and they eat lots of fish to maintain it. They also have a layer of woolly, insulating feathers covered by a second layer of smooth, waterproof feathers which helps to keep the warm in and the cold water out. Our enclosure has been specially designed to keep Gentoo Penguins cool and comfortable.

You see that on the land these birds waddle around in a comical manner, but under the water is a different matter! Through the underwater viewing window you'll see how graceful they are when they're swimming; Diving and swooping around as if they could fly.

 

 

In 2014 we welcomed into the world our first baby Gentoo to be born here in London. We named her Elsa.

How do we care for our Gentoo Penguin colony?

Gentoos are nest builders, and they build their nests out of pebbles.

In 2014 we welcomed into the world our first baby Gentoo to be born here in London. We named her Elsa.

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In 2014 we welcomed into the world our first baby Gentoo to be born here in London. We named her Elsa.

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How do we care for our Gentoo Penguin colony?

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How do we care for our Gentoo Penguin colony?

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Gentoos are nest builders, and they build their nests out of pebbles.

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Gentoos are nest builders, and they build their nests out of pebbles.

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