05/16/2012 06:06 pm ET Updated May 17, 2012

Aquarium Of The Pacific Penguin Habitat To Open During Breeding Season

The penguins are getting it on at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The colony of 13 Magellanic penguins got a head start on their breeding season when they moved into the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Apparently, Avery and Kate are a popular penguin pair (much to the upset of Robbie the penguin). Penguins Henry and Roxy are shaking up a lot in the nest room too.

"We weren't expecting all this breeding activity until after we opened the new exhibit," said Dudley Wigdahl, curator of marine mammals and birds, to the LA Times.

Avery the Penguin is also tweeting about his new $1.5 million habitat:

You will be able to meet Avery, Floyd, Henry, Jeremy, Kate, Ludwig, Newsom, Noodles, Patsy, Robbie, Roxy, Shim and Whatever at the habitat thanks to color coded and labeled ID tags on the penguins' wings. They can be seen up-close thanks to the new crawl-in space that allows visitors to feel as though they are inside the exhibit.

The June Keyes Penguin Habitat opens to the public on Thursday May 17. Maria the Magellanic penguin was even spotted at the Long Beach Airport, which you can see video of above.

For more information on the June Keyes Penguin Habitat check out the website and Facebook page.



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