Meet Peachy Keen

A Dedicated Parent

Peachy Keen was a nameless Magellanic penguin when he was banded (#60740) as an adult in 2009. He became a Very Important Penguin when a generous donor named him Peachy Keen and bought him a satellite tag to track his travels at sea. Peachy Keen was a loyal penguin and has stuck with the same mate from 2009-2013.

In 2010, Peachy Keen and his mate moved closer to the sea. We placed a satellite tag on him and the pair successfully raised a chick. In the 2012-2013 breeding season, both of Peachy Keen’s eggs were lost to predation because their nest provided poor protection. In the 2013-2014 season, Peachy Keen and his mate were back in the same nest and breeding.

October 21, 2013

Peachy Keen and his mate had 2 eggs. He left her incubating the eggs to go to sea to forage and didn’t return until November 14th.

November 14, 2013

After Peachy Keen returned, the pair regularly traded off incubation duty so one would always be at the nest to protect and warm the eggs.

November 23, 2013

Both eggs hatched, and after a few weeks of the young growing at a healthy rate, Peachy Keen received a satellite tag. It was a rough season for other penguins–many abandoned their nests to stay at sea and feed. Even with his longer foraging trips, Peachy Keen and his mate fledged both chicks.

February 12, 2013

The smaller sibling had a final weight of 2.1kg, a good fledging weight. The older chick had a final weight of 2.5kg and was last seen a day later.

February 16, 2013

Last transmission date for Peachy Keen.

Peachy Keen was a “feisty” penguin, a good parent, and had a solid partner; we haven’t seen them since the 2013 breeding season.

Peachy Keen’s travels show that oceanic conditions and food availability alter how long penguins are gone and where they forage. Where Peachy Keen fed helped show what would make an effective Marine Protected Area at Punta Tombo. A protected area near the colony could have helped Peachy Keen and his mate and other penguins find food for their chicks. On December 3, 2015, our data and publications were key to getting legislation passed for a Marine Protected Area out to three nautical miles and 37 miles of coastline in Chubut Province.

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