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Name Sphen and Magic’s chick and then meet the family!

January 21, 2021 Attraction No Comments

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s colony of seven Gentoo Penguin chicks are all grown up, there’s just one problem… the birth certificate of Sphen and Magic’s baby is missing a name.

Two months after making its viral debut and on Penguin Awareness Day (20 January), the Darling Harbour aquarium has put a call out for the public to help name the chick of the world’s most famous gay penguin couple and win the chance to meet the waddling family inside the Sub-Antarctic Zone!

“The baby chicks are just as big as their parents now and they need names!” said Kerrie Dixon, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s Penguin Supervisor. “We thought the best way to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day and raise awareness for the role our adorable colony plays in driving awareness for their wild counterparts and the threats to their survival, is to give Sphen and Magic fans around the world the chance to name their second chick!”

Penguins are among the many amazing creatures who carry their sexual organs internally, meaning gender is not an important construct when naming the chicks. Instead SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium gives them identities based on their personalities.

According to the aquarium’s team of Penguin Carers, Sphen and Magic’s second chick not only had the biggest egg, but is the largest of our chicks, it’s brave, bold and loves food!

Now that you know a bit about the babe, what should they be named? Submit your suggestion on the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium website and explain your choice in 25 words or less.

 The competition is open to anyone and everyone around the world – borders do not apply when it comes to Sphen and Magic.

Don’t be afraid to be as creative or as meaningful as possible, because the winner will receive a penguin birth certificate PLUS the chance to go where very few have gone before – inside the Sub-Antarctic Zone to meet and snap selfies with Sphen, Magic and their chick. Those based in NSW will physically be invited on the ice and those living outside NSW and beyond Australia will be dialled in for a special private Zoom call with the famous family.

The competition closes at 11.59pm AEST on Tuesday 26 January 2021 with the winner and the winning name selected and contacted on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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