Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins

Meet the World's Smallest Penguins

Come face to face with the world’s smallest penguins in Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins. This exhibit follows Little Blue Penguins on their journey from hatchlings to adults, highlighting the challenges they face in a changing climate while celebrating the features that make these penguins so unique and adorable! Birch Aquarium is the only place on the West Coast where you can find Little Blue Penguins.

Explore the exhibit

Watch these penguins waddle, socialize and swim in their 2,900-square-foot habitat, which features cozy burrows, a sandy beach and an 18,000-gallon pool. Don’t miss the Children’s Discovery Portal for up-close penguin viewing or the interactive research station where guests  can learn about the work going on at Scripps.

Penguin Activities

Penguin Feedings

Did you know these pint-sized penguins eat about 20 percent of their body weight a day? Or that they can dive 800 times a day? Join us during our daily Little Blue Penguin feedings at 10 a.m. to find out all about our colony and how our Husbandry Team cares for them.

Little Blue Penguins 101

Immerse yourself in the world of Little Blue Penguins and find out what makes this species of penguins so unique! Learn all about our colony and how our husbandry team cares for them during this daily presentation. Daily at 3 p.m.

Penguin Cam

Watch our Penguin Cam to see our Little Blue Penguins live on exhibit as they waddle, swim and explore! You can even tune in to watch them eat fish during our daily feedings at 10 a.m.

view penguin cam


KPBS is the official media sponsor of Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins

Little Blue Penguin zooming through habitat.

Special Thanks

Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins is named in honor of a $1 million gift from the Beyster Family, who are long-time supporters of Birch Aquarium and Scripps.

In addition to the naming gift made by the Beyster Family, generous gifts have also  been received by Stephen M. Strachan to name the pool habitat, Wendy W. Kwok to name the amphitheater and one of our penguins, Julia R. Brown to name the penguins’ life support system, Katherine and Mathew McGee to name the children’s discovery portal.

Other philanthropic supporters include Colin and Ellen Kennedy, Miranda Ko and Jared Cui,  Phillips Widroe Family, John and Gail Eyle who helped name some of our penguins.