Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is located in Mystic just off Exit 90 on Interstate 95 and is one of those places in Connecticut which makes for a perfect day trip any time of the year. We visited the Aquarium on a cold November morning just in time to see 20 or more African Penguins being fed fresh fish. They opened their beaks wide and swallowed them whole with ease, no bites required. In the midst of all the feeding and flapping, a seagull swooped down from nowhere, snatched a fish and flew away! Talk about fending for yourself!
If you are wondering about the colorful bands on the penguins’ arms, those are for identification purposes. These birds are well-fed and looked after; they get proper medical care and a temperature controlled environment.
But the bad news is that the number of African Penguins have decreased so much that the International Union for the Conservation of Nature have changed their status from “vulnerable species” to an “endangered species.” Makes we wonder what we are doing wrong. Why are so many creatures becoming extinct? It was fun to watch these little fellas waddle, jostle, dive and swim but maybe we should just let them be in their natural habitat. Just saying.