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Penguin Chicks Take First Swim

Mystic Aquarium's two newest chicks, designated Purple Red and Purple Gray, hatched in February, took their first swim Thursday in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion. Once the aquarium's adult penguins were removed from the exhibit the two chicks were introduced by penguin trainers Tracy Camp and Josh Davis. Neither chick entered the water on their own, but had to be placed there by a trainer. According to an aquarium press release, the chicks float very well but must learn how to dive and navigate using their wings and feet.

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The two newest African penguin chicks at the Mystic Aquarium, Purple Gray, left, and Purple Red take their first swim in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013. The two chicks were hatched at the aquarium February 1st and 10th respectively. Once the aquarium's adult penguins were removed from the exhibit the two chicks were introduced by penguin trainers Tracy Camp and Josh Davis. Neither chick entered the water on their own, but had to be placed there by a trainer. According to an aquarium press release, the chicks float very well but must learn how to dive and navigate using their wings and feet.

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Mystic Aquarium Penguin Trainers Josh Davis, left, and Tracy Camp introduce the two newest African penguin chicks at the aquarium, Purple Red and Purple Gray, into the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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Mystic Aquarium Senior Trainer of Penguins and Sea Lions Tracy Camp tries to encourage the aquarium's two newest African penguin chicks Purple Gray, left, and Purple Red to take to the water into the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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Children watch as Purple Red, one of the two newest African penguin chicks at the Mystic Aquarium, takes its first swim in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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The two newest African penguin chicks at the Mystic Aquarium, Purple Red, left, and Purple Gray, linger near the feet of Assistant Penguin Trainer Josh Davis as they are introduced to the habitat and take their first swim in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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Purple Gray, along with Purple Red, one of the two newest African penguin chicks at the Mystic Aquarium, slips into the water in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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Purple Red, along with Purple Gray, one of the two newest African penguin chicks at the Mystic Aquarium, splashes into the water in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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Visitors watch as the two newest African penguin chicks at the Mystic Aquarium, Purple Red and Purple Gray, take their first swim in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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