Wednesday was penguins and horse racing. . . .and a great excuse for doing nothing
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We had breakfast from the buffet at the hotel which would later prove to be a $ 55 mistake. Note to self - never eat anything until you know what it costs.
A cab ride to the east side of the harbor took us to see Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World. This was our first chance to see penguins and also to walk thru those clear tubes inside large aquariums and see fish, sharks and turtles swimming around and over us. Gentoo and King penguins were together in a large area (Gentoo are the ones with what looks like white earmuffs on). Some Kings were swimming or incubating eggs but many were just lying around. This is how they regulate their temperature (remember they’re black on top to absorb heat and white on their chests to reflect heat) and they also stretch their feet out to increase the heat flow.
The gentoo penguins are very active. The Zoo Keeper said that Tarlton’s has a very successful breeding program and that the resulting gentoo babies are a real handful. Between 1 and 3 years old, the penguin babies get into everything, tear up portions of the exhibit, and have even commandeered and started jumping on the rafts used to bring food to them.
The Auckland Cup races were at