One way to keep spirits up during the quarantine and the coronavirus crisis is by watching adorable animals explore an empty aquarium, thanks to Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. 

Everyone has been keeping six feet apart and in groups of fewer than 10, which has led to places like museums, movie theaters, and aquariums to close. While that's a heartbreaking fact, some good has come out of it. The penguins at the Shedd Aquarium got some much-deserved exploring time, and the aquarium shared all of it to its Twitter. 

The only tragedy now is that I wasn't there to witness this in person.

The penguins got to explore the aquarium and see other exhibits. 


One penguin named Wellington got to visit the Amazon and see things no penguin has ever seen before. The Shedd Aquarium tweeted, "Penguins in the Amazon?!"

The Chicago museum continued, "Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor."

Two more penguins walked around the aquarium.

Two bonded penguins went on an adorable date throughout the aquarium and explored areas normally packed with humans. "The adventure continues! This morning, Edward and Annie explored Shedd’s rotunda. They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Springtime is nesting season for penguins at Shedd, and this year is no different!"

This is an enriching activity that keeps the penguins entertained.

Now that the aquarium is empty, the penguins are able to explore different environments, which can be mentally stimulating. It's almost nesting season, so this will be Edward and Annie's last chance to get out of the penguin environment. 

"Penguins like Edward and Annie will begin to build their nests next week. Join us digitally for nesting coverage! In the meantime, we will be sharing lots of different animal updates (and yes, Wellington will return!)."

They seriously look so cute in the rotunda, why can't this happen all the time?!

If only we could have penguins roaming free all of the time. "While this may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd. Our caregivers are constantly providing new experiences for the animals to explore and express their natural behaviors with. Let us know what penguin activities you would like to see!"

One person joked, "Never anyone at the information desk when you need them."

Penguins Edward and Annie were on a date, swoon!

Seeing as Edward and Annie are a bonded pair getting ready to nest, I think we could consider this outing a date. "So this is a date?" one Twitter user asked. Another replied, "Married couples taking dates are wonderful."

I'm so jealous of the aquarium caretakers right now.

Where do I sign up to work with penguins at the Shedd Aquarium? Someone tweeted, "i’d give anything to be in that aquarium w the penguins roaming free instead of working from home at my dining room table." That job seems like loads more fun than everyone's work-from-home life right now.

Get ready to see even more animals wandering around the aquarium... otters please!

The Shedd teased even more inside looks at the abandoned aquarium. I'm hoping for sea otter content. 

The aquarium assured one Twitter user that there's plenty more animal content to come. "We plan to! Without guests in the building, our animal caretakers are planning even more creative activities for the penguins and other animals."