[Hong Kong] 在亞洲和南極企鵝最接近的地方

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[ 我們成了陪襯企鵝的展示物 ] We were in the exhibit with the penguins.
其實我們在玻璃的另一端和企鵝在一起 (黑白色外套).

Because we couldn't touch any penguins when we were in Antarctica, we saw this special program at the Ocean Park Hong Kong where we could feed and TOUCH the penguins there so we decided to head to the Ocean Park in some unbelievably hot weather. The Ocean Park here has quite a... (continue here in English)

本來是很單純因為去南極時不能摸企鵝,一方面很想念可愛的企鵝,一方面很想摸看看企鵝到底是怎麼樣的觸感.. (eh?) 看到香港海洋世界有這樣的一個和企鵝館中的企鵝互動的機會 (而且可以摸!  -> 就衝著這個)我們決定在頂著香港六月底的大熱天到海洋世界去找南極企鵝。而且這個海洋館很特別的是它除了有許多國家的海洋世界都有的國王企鵝&gentoo企鵝,它居然也有 Southern Rock Hopper 企鵝 (看起來很龐克有黃色飛天眉毛的小霸王企鵝),而且它們還真的是有繼承到英國什麼都可以轉成...
...有趣的收費項目的能力。

...collection of penguins - The King penguins, the gentoos and the Soutern Rock Hopper (kinda rare for ocean parks/aquariums). The Ocean Park also has a bunch of interesting things you could do here with the animals & can make you end up "sponsoring" quite a bit. But as long as you enjoy it, that's all that matters right?!

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海洋世界的其他項目這邊不多說 (有些也很不錯),就光看我們衝著去的南極北極館。
The Ocean Park in Hong Kong has a few nice areas to have fun. But we're not going to talk abou that here (and actually we didn't have much time to explore the other places as well). So we came here mainly to see what we were here for!


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Ocean Park 有幾間餐廳很有特色,不過若是在假日要去網站上預約位置還真的是要提早呀.. 我一個星期前訂居然都滿了,那時心中 OS shyt.. 我不要大老遠花大錢到這居然不能去那些特色餐廳,本來死心的到 cable car 旁邊的 buffet 餐廳等 11:00 開門,結果後來想想還是賭一把,衝到南極館的企鵝餐廳前搶在餐廳剛開時看是否有空位,結果還真的被我們等到了!這是南極館門外的企鵝們... 企鵝熱到發光啊!

There are a few interesting restaurants in the Ocean Park. But online reservation for weekend dining usually require a much earlier planning. When I tried to make a booking a week ahead, the restaurants I wanted to book all showed "full". We almost gave up and waited at an ordinary buffet place before it opens at 11:00am. But then we decided to rush to the Tuxedo Restaurant before it opens at 11:00am to see if we could grab some free seats before others come rushing in for lunch. So we got in! 

 

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The Tuxedo Restaurant. 這間餐廳的賣點就是可以隔著一面玻璃與企鵝共餐,而且櫥窗前面不會擠滿人牆。
The coolest thing of this restaurant is that you get to "dine" with penguins! & Not a huge crowd in front of you blocking your view of the penguins.


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極光飲料 &  企鵝探戈.. 一些名字很特別的非酒精特調+雪碧。
The non-alcholic fruity drinks (mainly sprite) here have some interesting names like the Arctic (?) Light 7 Penguin Tango.
 

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其實這邊的食物是 soso only, 其實大部份的人也都是沒注意桌上的食物,眼睛都盯著櫥窗裡的企鵝看。
The food here is so-so only. Since most people here have their eyes glued to the penguin window, the food doesn't really matter anymore eh?!


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這算這邊的招牌 海鮮 pizza 吧.. 看得出來他是什麼嗎? 其實它是企鵝! 哈哈. 
這個份量不大, 一個人也許就可當正餐吃完。
A signature seafood pizza here. Can you tell what it is? It's a penguin! The portion is quite small though. Probably can be finished by 1 person as a main course.
 

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出來時外面排了一大堆人, 還好我們早早就進去了, 
After we were done around noon time, there was a long queue outside of the restaurant.
 

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南極館一旁的北極館也是很有特色,而且裡面居然有北極海象 walrus! 真的還沒在其他海生館看過. 這個隨便亂拍的影片集錦尾端就是海象玩水的片段.
The Arctic space is a huge pool with all kinds of seals and arctic walrus! Haven't seen that anywhere else. The end of the following clip shows the walrus having fun in the pool.
 

 

 

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北極館的海豹在水中超優雅的,盯著水看會突然看到一個像魚雷的東西衝著你來。
The seals are so elegant and graceful in the water too. They look like torpedoes coming towards you but just when you think it might hit you (well there's the glass), it'll all the sudden make a sharp but graceful turn around and swim upwards.

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館內的 8度溫度還是對南極企鵝來說有點偏熱,所以地上都/一些人造雪/冰. 有些企鵝還會直接站在冷氣孔下.
The gentoo penguins. 8'C it's a bit hot for them still so there are the artificial ice here and there. & you could see some penguins standing in front of the air-con fan. 
 

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透明的地板下面看到的不是魚而是企鵝在游泳!
Transparent glass floor - what you see is not a fish, but a penguin swimming!


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企鵝館中,企鵝看人群,人群看企鵝。這邊大概有 60 隻企鵝...每隻手上都戴上一個有顏色的識別環。
The penguins hall. We were being watched by LOTS of people. There are about 60 penguins here. Everyone of them has a small "bracelet" on a flipper to identify them. 
 

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超可愛.. 不過這些企鵝大多是其他美國日本水族館的企鵝下一代,所以其實他們應該比較算是寵物,不太有南極的求生能力吧,在這邊都是有人伺候,而且沒有天敵。
Cute penguins. Many of these are actually were born here or came from other aquariums in US, Japan or other places. So they are really more like pets and well taken care by the experts here. 
 

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出了企鵝館的紀念品店,不過其實海洋館任何一間紀念品店賣的東西都差不多,沒什麼不同或是什麼特色,連企鵝都做的不是很像。我之前在別的地方買的那一堆每一隻都比這邊的好看。
The souvenir shop of Ocean Park is not really a wow place. The things here are not really "interesting/unique" or "authentic" (eg. the penguins look nothing like the real penguins - the ones I got at other places look so much better). & Actually if you've been to one shop, consider you've visited them all (same stuff everywhere).
 

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我們來這主要就是要來和企鵝約會,1:30pm 我們就準時報到去。參加這個計畫是需要另外付一筆不算低的費用(當資助這邊的 activities & conservation吧) & 需要提前幾天就在官網上預約。報到後我們就先到工作人員的辦公室上企鵝課程,簡單了解這邊有的企鵝&企鵝的一生,之後我們需換上防寒衣因為企鵝去的地方都會很冷啊.. 第一站先由企鵝照顧人員和我們講解他們平時如何 check 企鵝腳上疾病和量體重。一隻 gentoo 企鵝和我家之前的貓差不多重 (4~5公斤)。

Then it was time for our Penguin Encounter. This is a program that you need to book online days in advance. Basically you get a ocean park staff to brief you on the penguins here and the penguins life in general & some interesting facts for you to know more about penguins. Then you change into heavy duty outfit and rubber boots to go see how the penguin carers train and take care of the penguins in the back office. A gentoo penguin weights about 4-5 kg (just like my cat).

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然後我們就去企鵝展示廳在所有參觀者面前餵企鵝(真是個好廣告方式),一種方式是手拿魚餵企鵝 (當然只有工作人員可以),另一整則是把魚放到像餵雞飼料的扁盆子讓企鵝自己吃 (天哪.. 他們果然是寵物鳥)。
Then you go out to the penguin pool to feed and touch the penguins in front of the whole aquarium crowd. There are a few ways to feed them - feed 1 fish at a time to a penguin (only the staff can do this) or put the fish on a tray for the penguins to get (just like feeding chickens eh...) or throw some fish into the pool to encourage the penguins to do some exercise.
 

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企鵝近距離接觸一天只有兩個梯次,而且都在下午,每次最多六人,除了這個以外也是有和其他動物近距離接觸的 program。
There are only 2 Penguin Encounter sessions (all in the afternoon) each day. & There's a limit of 6 people to each session. Of course there are a bunch of other interesting animal encounter experience you can explore.


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這邊不是所有的企鵝都有名字,只有少數幾隻有,這隻讓我們摸&合照的可是一個好萊塢明星呢!他就是 Jim Carey 那個企鵝電影中的 Captain! 企鵝摸起來有點像我們之前在南極遊輪上買的一隻帝王企鵝玩偶,看來我那隻做得還滿像的。
Not every penguin here has a name. This one that we took photo with and got to pat it is the "Captain" featured in the Jim Carey's penguin film - "Mr. Popper's Penguins".
 

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秘密手勢, 全部企鵝都去衝去跳水覓食去了~ (果然是被訓練過的寵物)
這邊結束後我們又回到工作人員辦公室聽他們講解全球暖化問題和氣候改變對於企鵝的影響,這個海洋館還滿常提到環境保護,每個館到處都會提到這個。然後每個人必須承諾改變自己日常生活中的某個飲食或是行為來幫助地球。

因為整個過程是不能自己帶相機或是錄影機去拍攝,所以只能看他們的攝影師拍的,照片輸出只有一張免費,其他都需付費。若是有親友在群眾的話可直接拍你和企鵝&工作人員在一起的照片,不過工作空間的照片就拍不到了。整個活動是還滿有趣的,而且還結合生物與環境教育,不錯~!

With a secret gesture, the penguins all jump into the water and feed in the water.
After that you return to the back office where you get a lesson on climate change and the impact on penguins. & You have to make a commitment on how you will help to cut down on your contribution to global warming.

You can't take photos or videos while you're on this program (unless someone helps you take a photo of you in the exhibit area with penguins from the crowd). You get a photo printed without charge at the exit of the Ocean Park. If you'd want more, you'd need to go with another package. It was definitely kinda difficult to choose! Love how the experience combines educational aspect with the fun part!