Penguins spend a lot of their time combing and fluffing their feathers, or preening. That's especially true when the penguins are molting! (Find everything you'd want to know about molting here, here and here.) See preening in action here in this quick video of a rockhopper penguin during its molt. Notice the crisp new feathers coming in under the few fluffy, old feathers!
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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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