SeaWorld hatches 15 penguin chicks for Antarctica exhibit

'Empire of Penguin' attraction celebrates National Penguin Awareness Day

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Seaworld is celebrating National Penguin Awareness Day with a "penguin chick" boom.

Since November 30, a total of 15 penguin chicks have hatched at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the attraction, which features a colony of more than 250 penguins from four species.

Many of the chicks are currently residing behind-the-scenes in a penguin nursery until they fledge, which is the process of losing their baby down and growing their waterproof feathers.

As the chicks become more comfortable within the nursery pool they will begin daily "field trips" into the exhibit until they're old enough to be with the colony. 

Starting Wednesday, January 22, SeaWorld Orlando fans will have the chance to help name one of the penguin chicks. You can cast a vote for your favorite name by visiting SeaWorld Orlando Facebook page.

SeaWorld is also holding a penguin lover's event this weekend with animal ambassador Julie Scardina. In addition to hearing Julie's lifelong love of animals and learning more about the parks' commitment to wildlife conservation,  guests will have the chance to dance like a penguin, walk side by side with a penguin colony, and star in shareable photo opportunities at the coolest  "ice" block party at Antarctica:  Empire of the Penguin.

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