Gentoo Penguins

The Lagoon has over 3,000 Gentoo penguins, many of which stay at the rookeries throughout the winter, fishing in nearby waters, before laying their eggs in the spring. 

  • Most of the penguins you will see at the lagoon are Gentoos, we have over a 1,000 breeding pairs.
  • There are 300,000 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands, which is 30% of the world’s population.
  • The adults stand 56-58cm tall and weigh about 5.5kg.  They are the third largest penguin.
  • Their life expectancy is about 8 years.
  • They are easily recognised by the white stripe above their eyes, and a bright orange beak with matching feet.
  • They lay two eggs in shallow ground nests in October. The parents take it in turns to sit on the eggs.
  • The chicks hatch after 35 days and are fed in the nest by regurgitation by both parents.
  • After another 30 days the grey fluffy chicks form crèches. They are fed for a further two months by their parents.
  • After 100 days they are ready to go to sea.
  • They eat small fish, squid and crustaceans, and tend to fish inshore.
A strange site seeing a teenager not sleeping must be time for food