A £250,000 project at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary has brought about a family reunion for a group of penguins.
Work on the centre’s new attraction, Penguin Island, has led to Scarborough’s 12 resident Humboldts taking a short break at the Sea Life in Great Yarmouth.
They are currently lodging with the eight penguins already living there and six new arrivals from Belgium.
As well as briefly creating one of the biggest flocks of Humboldts in the country – 26 birds in total – the move has brought penguin mum Clumsy back together with son Nester and daughter Mumbles and introduced her for the first time to her three granddaughters. Mumbles and Nester transferred from Scarborough two years ago, and Mumbles has since hatched out chicks Pitcher and Blossom, while Nester has sired a daughter Leia. The reunited family will have until mid-March before the Scarborough penguins head back to their smart new enclosure with their six new friends from Belgium.
“They will find a new enlarged penguin paradise complete with spectacular new rockwork and a waterfall and stream feeding into their spacious dive pool,” said Scarborough Sea Life’s Lyndsey Crawford. “There will also be a cave in which visitors can watch them underwater, but the main attraction will remain a secret for now.”