Skip to main content

Go back to blog

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast welcomes its first penguins!

  • Friday 13th December 2019

Little Blue Penguins People

Brand New ‘Little Blue Penguins’ exhibit launches at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast!

Today, years of planning and development finally came to fruition as SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast unveiled the brand new Little Blue Penguins exhibit, which is now home to the only penguins on the Sunshine Coast. To mark the momentous occasion, the new penguin colony were treated to a celebratory feast, comprised of their favourite treats – pilchard, small whiting, whitebait and squid!

The new Little Blue Penguins zone is set to a cool temperature with plants, rocky shores and sand to create a comfortable environment for the flippered friends to breed, moult and rest. As this species of penguin generally spends 80% of their life swimming, there is an abundance cool water where they can swim and dive to their heart’s content!

Guest are in for a treat, with the opportunity to be immersed in the wonderful world of the smallest penguin species – above and below the water! The iconic aquarium’s new zone will take guests on a journey from an above ground observation deck to an underwater vantage point for an all-encompassing look into the life of a little penguin.

The colony of Little Penguins will be ambassadors for their species, playing a significant role in communicating SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s conservation values. Guests will be able to learn about the lifecycle of a Little Penguin, what they eat, and how and why we can help protect them in the wild.

Little Blue Penguins officially opened at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast on the 13 December 2019. It will be a permanent exhibit that is included in the admission price. 

About the Little Blue Penguins exhibit:

Opening in time for the summer school holidays, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s new Little Blue Penguins zone will immerse guests in the wonderful world of the smallest penguin species – above and below the water! The aquarium’s new zone will take guests on a journey from an above ground observation deck to an underwater vantage point for an all-encompassing look into the life of a little penguin.
The colony of little penguins will be ambassadors for their species, playing a significant role in communicating SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s conservation values. Guests will be able to learn about the lifecycle of a little penguin, what they eat, and how and why we can help protect them in the wild. 

About little penguins:

  • Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) are the smallest species of penguin
  • They breed in colonies along the southern coastlines of Australian and New Zealand
  • Adult little penguins are the only penguins with blue and white feathers rather than black and white feathers
  • Little penguins spend approximately 80% of their life in the water but return to land to breed, moult and rest

For further information, please click below: