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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.

Published: May 9, 2013

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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