England vs Italy will be a draw – according to Sea Life penguins!

The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham’s newest residents have been getting into the spirit of the highly anticipated football World Cup by confidently putting their feathery necks above the icy parapet to predict the results of the opening games.

The centre’s Gentoo penguins have been busy examining the country’s flags for each head-to-head game and choosing which they think represents the winning team by hopping onto the rock it is leant against. When they’re unable to choose an out and out winner, they’ve scrambled onto the middle ground of the ‘draw’ rock instead.

James Robson, curator at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, explains: “Our Gentoos are really enthusiastic and love playing new games so have quickly got into the spirit of choosing the winning flags.

“Alf, one of the oldest penguins and the self-appointed head of the colony, has been leading the predictions, with a little help from his long-term partner, Lolly, and his new girlfriend, Ginny. Surprisingly the two girls have agreed on the predictions when they’re rivals in everything else!”

The trio’s prediction for the first game of the competition, Brazil vs Croatia on 12th June, is a win for the hosts, Brazil. In England’s first group game against Italy on 14th June, in the extreme humidity of the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Alf predicts a draw for the European head-to-head. But youngster Pablo, who has been challenging Alf for his leadership, isn’t sitting on the fence on this one. He’s confidently predicting a win for Italy!

The penguins’ predictions continue – watch this space!

The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham transports visitors to an amazing underwater world, where they get to see incredible sea life from all over the planet, from the coast of Britain and the chilly Antarctic, to the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

The aquarium is home to over 2,000 creatures, such as sharks, including the UK’s only hammerhead sharks, as well as a rescued Giant Green Sea Turtle, otters, jellyfish, piranha, octopus and rays.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to www.SEALIFE.co.uk/birmingham/. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

For regular news, updates and competitions, The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sealifebirmingham and Twitter https://twitter.com/sealifebham. You can also keep up-to-date with what new resident, Ginny the Gentoo, has to say by following her on twitter at https://twitter.com/ginnygentoo.

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