A penguin, a lobster & 3 sea stars take Manhattan

An African penguin, a blue lobster & 3 sea stars drove up to NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center this week for an appearance on the Today Show. Well, humans came too.

We climbed into the AAQ van and started the journey up the NJ Turnpike – with some coffee fuel and snacks in hand (for the humans, no animals were caffeinated!).

As part of 4th hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Adventure Aquarium partnered with NBC’s animal expert, Corbin Maxey, for the show’s popular trivia segment.  African penguin, Cornelia aka “Corn Dog” made the trip, along with Elvis the 1 in 2 million blue lobster and 1 leather star, 1 bat star and 1 ochre star.

At last, we arrived the the NBC Today Show studio!


Cornelia checked out the set.

Our team got to work, setting up the tanks for Elvis and the sea stars – rehearsal and the live segment would happen in just moments!

At last, it was time for the stars (and lobster, penguin + Kathie Lee) to go on!


The segment went swimmingly (see what we did there?)…

AND radio personality Elvis Duran even stopped by to take a quick photo with Elvis the blue lobster! Perfection.


All in all, it was a great trip to NYC. But back home to Adventure Aquarium we went – tired after a long and exciting day!

(Please note: Biologist, Jennifer Duffy refused to be part of the car photo shoot but she was there too!)

Until next time…Happy #AAQTravels!


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