Penguins Meet Beluga Whales During Coronavirus Aquarium Lockdown

Chicago: Penguins at the Shedd Aquarium have been let to roam around and explore their surroundings after it shut its doors to the outside world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A 32-year-old penguin named Wellington and his friends were allowed to experience life on the outside of their confines, as they went on an exciting trip, which included a visit to Shedd’s underwater viewing area, home to a number of beluga whales.

Posted by Shedd Aquarium on Sunday, March 29, 2020

The aquarium posted videos of the happy penguin and his pals visiting the three belugas named Kayavak, Mauyak and little Annik during the weekend. 

“They may have met some animals at the aquarium that are just as curious as they are,” the museum wrote.

Posted by Shedd Aquarium on Sunday, March 29, 2020

The belugas suddenly stopped their swim to take a look at the happy penguins.

Posted by Shedd Aquarium on Sunday, March 29, 2020

“The whales, including Annik the calf born last year, collectively gathered at the window to take in Wellington and the other birds, who stared back as they waddled back and forth,” the aquarium said.

Posted by Shedd Aquarium on Sunday, March 29, 2020

Belugas live in the northern hemisphere, so the nature of the penguin is foreign to them as all species of penguins live in the southern hemisphere.

“That being said, the latest penguin field trip seemed just as enriching for the belugas as it was for the birds,” the aquarium said.

Aren’t they cute?

And here’s Wellington meeting his new friends.

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