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J & E Hall cellar coolers help Gentoo penguins

A J & E Hall cellar cooling system has been installed in the quarantine room set aside for the penguins at the Hull visitor attraction, The Deep. "We needed to set up a separate quarantine area to comply with legislation concerning the importation and keeping of penguins," explained Andrew McLeod, assistant curator at The Deep, where the fun-loving Gentoo penguins have proved a big hit with their delightful antics at the Kingdom of Ice in the giant aquarium complex.

The unit is a JCC 40E cellar cooler, supplied by distributor FSW and installed by local contractors Cold Temp Refrigeration Services. JCC low-noise units are fitted with a standard electronic controller across the range which allows room temperatures down to 4°C. Cooling capacities range from 2.87 to 5.82kw.

Gentoo penguins, said to be among the most fun-loving of the species, are going from strength to strength at The Deep but their journey to Hull began in America. The penguins were born and raised in captivity at Moody Gardens, a non-profit educational facility, in Texas, USA, and were flown into Heathrow in a climate-controlled plane at 6°C.

There are now nine Gentoo penguins at the purpose-built £750,000 Kingdom of Ice, which runs over three floors and features a large pool, beach area, nesting area and an outdoor balcony overlooking the River Humber.