Ice too slippery for penguins

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

p2Fake ice at an aquarium in Hull  is proving too slippery for its penguins.

The penguins that live at Hull’s The Deep are slipping and sliding all over the ice. Staff have put a spray on the icy floor to stop the flightless birds from falling over. The penguins were taken out of the Ice Kingdom last month, so the centre could repair the ice and make it less slippery!

The new Ice Kingdom display cost £750,000 and includes three floors, a swimming pool, diving board, nesting area and outdoor balcony but the penguins are showing no sign of being impressed or amazed.

The penguins will be moving into their new home very shortly and will, we hope, slip about less.

Pupils at a Lincoln school felt rather sad about the penguins’ plight. One said, “Poor penguins! I hope they get it finished soon, so the penguins get a nice non-slippery home.”

Gentoo penguins are very popular at the east coast attraction. They are the fastest swimming penguins, reaching speeds of up to 36kmph and they can dive depths of up to 170meters. (They grow to about 80cm in height.)

Oh, by the way, lovers of aquariums might be interested to know that a new aquarium is opening soon in Skegness. Click here for a recent YJA report.


Amelia, Year 5

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy



2 Responses to Ice too slippery for penguins

  1. Eleanor February 7, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Great article Amelia!

    Eleanor- year 7

  2. Laura May 22, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Amazing article Amelia!