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.