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'Penguins' Spotted Off Coast of Scarborough


Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary has been forced to issue a statement after becoming inundated with calls reporting 'penguin' sightings off the coast of Scarborough.

The statement was issued after the Sanctuary was bombarded with calls asking if any of their penguins had escaped, following sightings of penguin-like birds out at sea.

Senior aquarist Todd German has reassured concerned members of the public however saying, that the sightings are simply a case of mistaken identity.

Razorbills. © 2015 Magnus Hagdorn / Flickr
"We get a few calls every year from people mistaking razorbills and guillemots for their flightless cousins from the southern hemisphere." he said,

"This year we've been inundated because of exceptionally large numbers of 'little auks' appearing close to shore on their migration from the Arctic down to wintering grounds in the North Atlantic.

"Though not much bigger than a starling, the little auk looks even more like a penguin, especially if viewed from a distance and its size isn't obvious. They usually pass our shores a long way out to sea, but winter gales have brought them closer in this winter."

Mr German went on to say that the sightings we're the only unusual reports of penguins:

"We did have one caller reporting penguin calls from the recycling centre at a local supermarket though. It was probably just foxes scavenging for scraps, or possibly just a hoax."

It thought that some callers were confused by the fact that Scarborough SEA LIFE's Humboldt Penguins are currently at their temporary home at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth as their enclosure undergoes a £250,000 redevelopment.

The penguins are set to return home in time for Easter 2015 on completion of a brand new feature that promises to let visitors get closer to the animals than ever before.

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