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Our energetic and inquisitive African blackfooted penguins are visitor favorites.

Watch carefully and you might even see them communicating with each other. When penguins flap their wings or bow their heads, they're telling each other how they feel. Throwing their heads back and wings out means "I'm happy." Leaning forward and opening their beaks means "Go away."

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Podcast: Cephalopod Celebration

Obsessed with octopuses? Crazy about cuttlefish? Get the inside scoop on all things Tentacles from our exhibit expert, Senior Aquarist Chris Payne, in our latest podcast.

Meet Ohlone the Penguin Chick

Born in February, Ohlone—pronounced "O-low-knee"—just moved from behind the scenes to our Splash Zone exhibit! You can spot him by his all-gray juvenile coat and the diamond of four spots on his chest.

Share the Love with an Aquarium Gift Card

Give your friends and family an Aquarium experience they'll never forget! Our gift cards can be used for admission tickets, Aquarium Adventures tours and activities, membership, the Gift & Bookstore, Cindy's Waterfront restaurant and the Cafe. Gift cards are available for purchase at the Aquarium, or by calling (866) 963-9645 Monday through Friday.

View Our Splash Zone & Penguins Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.