As zoos and aquariums close to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff have been allowing some of the furry, feathery, and scaly residents to visit other exhibits. The intention is to provide the animals some enrichment, as most of them are used to the entertainment they get from looking at the human guests, but the moments also make for unforgettable videos.
The Shedd Aquarium, which is the same Chicago aquarium that went viral after sharing a video of some of its penguins walking around and visiting other exhibits, has shared another video that’s also making a big splash online. Wellington, one of their now-famous rockhopper penguins, got the chance to visit the beluga whales, named Kayavak, Mauyak, and Annik. The beautiful, intelligent belugas were very interested in Wellington, and it may be because the sight of him was something that evolution never prepared them for. You see, belugas are found in the northern hemisphere, specifically in and around the Arctic Ocean. Penguins, however, live in the southern hemisphere. The likelihood of belugas and penguins interacting in any way in the wild is almost zero, and you can imagine that all of the animals involved in the interaction must have been pretty amazed by each other!
Check out the video below, and make sure you follow the Shedd Aquarium for more cute penguin videos!