This is Sinclair II. He is a male African penguin with a yellow bracelet on his left wing. His parents are Benguela III and Bird and he was born here at the Aquarium on July 10, 2007.
Sinclair is named after an African penguin breeding island off the coast of Namibia. It is located only 100 meters (just over 100 yards) off shore and is only 3 kilometers (about 1.9 miles) away from Plumpudding Island. Sinclair is Namibia's southernmost seabird breeding island.
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In addition to seabirds, Sinclair Island also has a large colony of southern fur seals which were hunted until the 1980's when they became a protected species. (The Aquarium has 6 Northern fur seals that are native to Alaska, learn more about this species here!)
Each African penguin has their own unique spot pattern on its chest. Sinclair's spot pattern is very unique. He has such a high concentration of spots that half his chest is black! The interesting thing was that as a juvenile he had very few spots on his belly so we were surprised when he went through his first adult molt to his adult feathers and had all those spots!
Sinclair behind the scenes as a juvenile
Sinclair in the exhibit with his adult plumage
The next time you are visiting the Aquarium, try to identify Sinclair by his unique spot pattern. He should be easy to spot!
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The Aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins who live in a bustling colony found on Level 1 surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank. The Aquarium breeds African penguins as part of a Species Survival Plan and promotes education programs about penguins around the world.
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