GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – The Good Morning Mississippi crew had a particular visitor Monday morning: “Flirty Ferdy,” a 4-year-old African Penguin who calls the Gulf Coast dwelling.
Diana Main and Brittany Palode with the Mississippi Aquarium introduced Ferdinand to the set. Ferdinand is only one of 11 penguins which can be a part of the aquarium’s ambassador program.
Ferdinand doesn’t dwell within the typical atmosphere you would possibly consider while you hear “penguin.” African Penguins are a temperate species of penguin, which suggests they’re used to heat climate. Within the wild, many would by no means see snow or ice even as soon as throughout their life; this makes South Mississippi’s atmosphere a fantastic place for them to dwell!
Penguins are birds, in order that they have all of the traits of 1. They really have essentially the most dense feather protection of any animal on the earth, with 60 feathers per sq. inch!
“[The feathers] lay on high of one another like shingles on a roof, and that’s what’s gonna hold them good and heat and waterproof within the oceans,” Main stated. “As a result of although they’re from a hotter local weather within the air, the water that they swim in comes up from Antarctica, so it’s very chilly.”
Penguins like Ferdinand spend round two-thirds of their lives within the water. They will dive down about 400 toes and keep underneath water for round 5 minutes.
This Friday is the aquarium’s “Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars” fundraiser at Jones Park, which incorporates meals, music, and a drone lights and firework present. If you happen to’re dying to fulfill Ferdinand or his fellow ambassadors from the Mississippi Aquarium, you’ve an opportunity! A personal, adult-only VIP expertise will happen on the aquarium Friday night, as effectively, and embody upscale cocktails, coastal delicacies, animal encounters, and a fantastic view for the present. For extra data, go to the occasion web page right here.
If you happen to aren’t in a position to make it to Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars, however nonetheless need an opportunity to fulfill the ambassador penguins, you may also attend the aquarium’s “Penguins and Pops” occasion, which celebrates October as African Penguin Consciousness month. This occasion will happen October 15 and embody your alternative of a popsicle and a photograph with a penguin for under $12. Extra data could be discovered right here.
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