The first thing you see...

...are some playful penguins off to the left, just past the
gift shop with its all its attractive souvenirs.

These are Magellanic penguins, from South America and
from a climate much like that of Maine. That must be why they look
so at home as they waddle along the shore and dive into the
water. If it happens to be 10 am or 2 pm, you can watch them
being fed and ask questions of the aquarium's biologists!

There is LOTS of activity going on in this first exhibit, so
you promise yourself that you'll come back here as you
head onto the North Atlantic exhibits.