Pilchards, cake on menu for pen­guins

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‘‘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.

Photo: PHIL DOYLE

Fresh catch: Guest ser­vices man­ager Dar­ren Cross serves up fresh pilchards to the pen­guin colony at Kelly Tarl­tons.

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