NEW ORLEANS (WDSU) – What does a penguin do with an aquarium all to itself? Explore!
African penguin Marina got the chance to leave her habitat and explore the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans without all the crowds.
“Marina has been noticing a quiet and empty aquarium lately. So animal care staff decided to sneak her away from the rest of the colony to see what was actually around beyond her habitat,” one tweet read.
African penguin Marina has been noticing a quiet and empty Aquarium lately. So animal care staff decided to sneak her away from the rest of the colony to see what was actually around beyond her habitat. #ClosedButStillCaring pic.twitter.com/LMzp7pa3YP— Audubon Nature Institute (@AudubonNature) March 19, 2020
The penguin, black and white in color with a band around her wing, took to the empty walkways to explore the Mississippi River Gallery. She got to come face to face with Tchompitoulas, the aquarium’s legendary white alligator, and made her way to the Mississippi and Gulf Shores galleries.
African penguin Marina had a blast exploring the Mississippi River Gallery! She saw the the legendary white alligator Tchompitoulas, enjoyed the Mississippi overlook, and wandered through the Mississippi and Gulf Shores Galleries. 🐧 #ClosedButStillCaring pic.twitter.com/CnOHjGJZdj— Audubon Nature Institute (@AudubonNature) March 19, 2020
Marina also got a chance to wander through the Great Maya Reef Tunnel.
The aquarium, the Audubon Zoo and the insectarium are closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in New Orleans.