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On our last day in Auckland, we planned to go by ferry to the volcanic island. But it was raining in the morning, so instead, wee took a shark bus and we went to the Sea Life Aquarium. I like visiting aquariums, so I was quite satisfied. There were sharks that could be seen from the glass tunnel, stingrays, seahorses and other interesting fishes, like moray eels(brr), but the most interesting for me were the penguins. In New Zealand there are wild penguins, they are very small and blue. But unfortunately, I did not see them.

Here you can see two kinds of penguins.

The king penguin is a large species of penguin, second only to the emperor penguin in size. King penguins breed on the subantarctic islands at the northern reaches of Antarctica, South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. The plumage of the king penguin is broadly similar to that of the closely related emperor penguin, with a broad cheek patch contrasting with surrounding dark feathers and yellow-orange color at the top of the chest.

The gentoo penguin is easily recognized by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head and its bright orange-red bill. It has pale whitish-pink webbed feet and a fairly long tail - the most prominent tail of all penguins. Chicks have grey backs with white fronts. As the gentoo penguin waddles along on land, its tail sticks out behind, sweeping from side to side, hence the scientific name Pygoscelis, which means "rump-tailed".

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Gentoo penguin.

Kings penguins

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