A rescued little penguin arrives at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

A malnourished little penguin found waddling along Currimundi Beach has been rescued and is undergoing rehabilitation with the experts at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

The presence of a little penguin on the Coast is rare as the species is native to the coastlines of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is temporarily closed to the public as part of the Australian Government’s containment plan for Covid-19, however, the aquarium’s amazing team are continuing to feed and care for all of the aquatic animals within the attraction whilst taking precautionary social distancing and hygiene measures.

“This little penguin was brought to us earlier in February after it was spotted by locals down at Currimundi. The penguin was suffering from malnutrition, feather damage and foot injuries, which we are treating here at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast with assistance from our friends at Australia Zoo. The penguin’s gender is still to be confirmed but we have named the bird Ash. We are happy to report that Ash’s health has improved greatly over the last month with its weight increasing from under 700g to over 1kg. However, we are yet to determine exactly where Ash originated from and how it made it all the way up to the Sunshine Coast!

Carla Haskell, Mammals Manager at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

Carla and her team are working closely with the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science (DES) to ensure the health and wellbeing of the rescued bird.

According to the DES, Ash is a reminder for locals who come across injured or stranded wildlife to call 1300 ANIMAL. This way, DES can ensure a qualified carer responds accordingly. They ask that the public do not touch or approach injured wildlife for the safety of themselves and the animals. The team at the aquarium is working with the DES to determine the future of this little penguin. 

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is home to a colony of penguins, which reside in the new Little Blue Penguins zone that launched late last year. Whilst the aquarium is temporarily closed, you can visit the website and Facebook page for updates about the sea creatures and incredible team of aquarists and keepers.