Escapee Penguin Back in Aquarium After 82 Days in Tokyo Bay

After 82 days, an escapee Humboldt penguin known as penguin number 337 has been caught about five miles from Tokyo Sea Life Park. The penguin had recently been spotted in Tokyo Bay.

Number 337′s escape was no easy feat: The penguin (whose gender had not yet been discerned due to its age) had scaled a 13-foot rock face, made its way through barbed wire and slipped through a fence. He had been seen “frolicking” in Tokyo Bay and most likely survived eating small fish. The Japanese Coast Guard and aquarium staff had made a number of attempts to recapture the penguin. Earlier this month, two boats staffed by ten officers had trailed the penguin but not been able to catch it.

Humboldt penguins’ native habitat is in South America, on the rocky coasts of Peru and Chile.

The penguin is now undergoing medical tests at the aquarium while staff reinforce its facilities, to ensure no more breakouts.

Will penguin number 337 settle back into life in the aquatic park after so many weeks out on its own? Despite the efforts of the staff, anyone get the feeling the penguin might be game to make another flight for freedom?

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Photo by Alaina Abplanalp Photography


shell bell

Oh great back in captivatity ,he must be so sad, after mths of freedom! Back to being a triple digit side show!

Melissa L.
Melissa L4 years ago

Too cute! Go Pengin 337!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Kristina, for Sharing this!

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

So Happy that The Little Renegade is back home :)

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U5 years ago

Who loves to be captived. ty

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

I bet if he had anything to say about it and that would be set me free and let me alone to live my life free!

Dennis Deal
Past Member 5 years ago

For those calling for his release. While it is true he was able to survive in Tokyo bay. Something that every one might want to consider. The sharks and other predators that habitually predate the Penguins are not present.

So while his 80 days of freedom is nice. Releasing him back into the wild of his home habitat might be just offering a shark, seal, or a passing dolphin a quick meal. I thin he is just as well served being right where he is currently. That yes he is going to be the one penguin that is going to test the aquariums security. But that is OK too. As it means that the penguin should he try again will be able to actually point out the flaws and needed upgrades to the park as a whole. Just my humble opinion.

Sue H.
sue H5 years ago

Happy the penguin will get checked out health wise, then the dr. should slip it the keys!

Carrie Anne Brown

glad the penguin is ok :) thanks for sharing :)