Penguins settle in to their posh new home

Penguins arrive at the new Penguin Island at the Sea Life Centre, Scarborough. Picture by Simon Hulme  SH100130035b
Penguins arrive at the new Penguin Island at the Sea Life Centre, Scarborough. Picture by Simon Hulme SH100130035b

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary’s penguins have waddled back to their newly-refurbished £300,000 home.

The resident colony of 12 Humboldt penguins moved to temporary quarters in Great Yarmouth before Christmas while their enclosure was given a face-lift.

Re-christened Penguin Island, it has been landscaped, had a waterfall added and will feature a novel walkthrough trail for visitors.

The centre has also welcomed new additions to the colony - six youngsters all the way from Belgium.

Displays supervisor Lyndsey Crawford said: “We’ve all missed our penguins. They’re such characters it’s impossible not to get attached to them, and I know we’re all going to get equally attached to the new arrivals from our sister centre in Blankenberge, Belgium. We will have the biggest Humboldt colony in the entire Sea Life network, but they are gregarious birds and have already bonded over the winter.

“We’re really excited about their new home and we’ve no doubt they’re going to love it, and hopefully our visitors will when we officially open it in time for the Easter holidays.”