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Meet the Coolest Characters at the Tennessee Aquarium

Little Debbie
Little Debbie

 

After chilling out with the penguins during one of Chattanooga’s hottest summers on record, a record number of guests logged onto the Aquarium’s website to suggest the perfect penguin names.  Some of the tags were perfect matches for a particular penguin’s physical characteristics. 

Noodle was a popular entry in the contest and turns out to be a fitting name for a macaroni penguin that’s the smallest of that species as well.  Little Debbie was named in honor of Little Debbie® snacks, an official sponsor of the Tennessee Aquarium.

Two of the birds were hand raised at SeaWorld and are much more accustomed to human interaction than the penguins that were parent raised.  Nipper for example nips at everything.  His curiosity went into overdrive shortly after he got here.  He’s the first to investigate anything new and different.

Bug was also hand reared, and seems to have an extra helping of curiosity.  Bug quickly comes up to you to investigate what you have and what you are doing, but he usually doesn’t nip.

Hercules is the largest of our macaroni penguins. He is a big bird who is one-quarter larger than the other macs. Also aptly named is Poncho the largest of the gentoos weighing in at more than 20 pounds.

Bug
Bug

   MEET OUR PENGUINS:

Macaroni Males:
Hercules
Iggie 
Merlin
Paulie

Macaroni Females:
Little Debbie
Sweet Pea
Shamrock
Chaos
Noodle

Gentoo Males:
Big T
Blue
Nipper
Poncho
Zeus

Gentoo Females:
Biscuit
Bug
Flower
Pebbles
Peeps

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