On the top of my very long Bucket List is going to Antarctica and being surrounded by emperor penguins. So when we decided to go to Sea World and I found out that they have a behind the scenes tour for penguins, I knew that was what I wanted to do for my birthday. It was amazing!
We started out by visiting with the puffins. While they are cute birds, they were just okay compared to the penguins.
I was so excited when we got to go in the penguin habitat that I forgot to take pictures at first. I was just so happy to be petting the penguins! It was a good thing Cary was there with his camera.
This little rockhopper was my buddy! He/she wanted to have its chin scratched like a dog. The penguins were so soft! They were also very friendly and did not hesitate to come over and get petted.
This penguin's name was King Cole. I was trying to take a picture and pet it at the same time.
My little rockhopper buddy
This little one was molting. Penguins plump up before they begin their yearly molt because they are unable to swim during this time. This would be vital for penguins living in the wild since they catch the fish they eat in the water.
This is a little king penguin chick who is being hand raised by humans. It had trouble breaking out of its shell and needed assistance. It doesn't look much like a penguin yet, but it won't be long!
This encounter was definitely worth the extra money. I will be doing it again next time I visit Sea World. Until I can get to Antarctica, this will fulfill by penguin wishes!