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Time-waster alert: SeaWorld turns on penguin cam

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Oh my, there goes our productivity — penguin cam!

SeaWorld is making it very hard to stay on task now that they have hatched AnimalVision.com, a webcam program from the Orlando theme park that lets you get a peek at the 250 penguins living in the Antarctica exhibit there. We like the underwater cams, where you can see penguins zipping by like a flock of birds, not the awkward waddling creatures we love on land.

The gentoos penguins can swim more 20 miles an hour, and you can see them flying past the camera. You can also see them snacking on fish, squid and krill.

An above-ground camera provides audio of the penguins' honking sounds (though Friday's launch was a little glitchy for us on the sound, SeaWorld expects to have it all ready for its "digital premiere" on Wednesday ).

You can join in the virtual fun via social media, too.

Follow SeaWorld on Twitter @SeaWorld or Facebook.com/SeaWorld and you can submit a photo of yourself doing your best penguin impression using the hashtags #AnimalVision and #penguin (SeaWorld recommends a horizontal headshot), and images will appear on AnimalVision.com during its official launch on Wednesday .

There are other creatures to watch too. AnimalVision cameras also are monitoring stingrays at SeaWorld in San Antonio and turtles at the park in San Diego. The company plans eventually to live-stream creatures at other attractions, including Orlando's Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens in Tampa.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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