The first day of winter is upon us tomorrow, and many Melbournians are doing their best to prepare for the plummeting temperatures. Meanwhile, forget hibernation—Melbourne Aquarium’s penguin colony are in celebration mode and embracing the impending chilly climate.
Recently named Wallace and Neptune, the first two King Penguin chicks ever to be born in Australia, are feeling right at home in the Sub-Antarctic conditions and will celebrate their first winter.
So, why don’t penguins feel the cold?
“Penguins use counter current heat exchange to help keep warm. What this means is, the veins in their legs are very close together so the warm blood flowing from the heart to the feet is very close to the cold blood flowing from the feet back to the heart," said Bird Manager, Sarina Walsh.
“Because the veins are close together, the warm blood actually warms the cold blood back up so the birds don’t get cold.”
Need to see it to believe it?
Melbourne Aquarium visitors can see the marvellous King and cheeky Gentoo Penguins chilling out on the ice in the Antarctica exhibit. Don’t miss the daily penguin feeds, meet the keeper sessions and special penguin presentations. Click here for more information!