Sumida Aquarium to Introduce New Baby Penguins in Late June

23.May.2022 | SPOT

Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium welcomed three new baby Magellanic penguins on April 14! This marks the 10th year in a row that the location has seen new baby penguins born. 

 

Magellanic penguins start their breeding season in March each year, finishing in May. The first baby born this year, Daifuku, hatched on April 14, becoming Sumida Aquarium’s first second-generation penguin. Komari hatched on April 20 and Shiratama hatched on April 30.

 

The penguins were given names signifying good luck and joy. Komari and Shiratama both evoke images of ‘circles’ in Japanese, with the aquarium hoping that the penguins will sever as a link to guests.

 

All three babies will make their public debut towards the end of June in the designated penguin pool. The Sumida Aquarium Twitter feed will provide updates about how the babies are progressing, so be sure to keep an eye out!

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    Location: Art Aquarium Museum entrance

     

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    New artwork displayed for the event

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    Keyword Rally

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    Tully’s Coffee Collaboration

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    Movie ticket campaign

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    More original merchandise

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    Visitors to the Penguin Cafe will also find a limited-edition winter hot cocoa inspired by the Moon & Jellyfish event, with the tapioca pearls as the jellyfish, a moon marshmallow, and blue mint whipped cream.

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