Pilchards, cake on menu for penguins
‘‘Fresh caught pilchards for madame?’’
One of Kelly Tarlton’s managers, Darren Cross, brings on the silver service – well, plastic disposable – to mark the re-opening of what they bill as the world’s largest display penguin colony – outside Antarctica, that is.
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium on Tamaki Drive has had a $5.5 million redevelopment for their 43 gentoo penguins and 29 king penguins. They say that the penguins have taken a liking to their new digs, particularly now they can look at the visitors through double-glazed glass walls.
Mr Cross, dressed in a ‘‘penguin suit’’ for the occasion, says he often serves the birds a slice of three-tiered, red, blue and green fish cake – which has become a favourite in the colony. The aquarium has dumped its old snow-cat ride around the penguin colony and visitors are now free to walk around it at their own pace.
Fresh catch: Guest services manager Darren Cross serves up fresh pilchards to the penguin colony at Kelly Tarltons.