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Aquarium Penguin Couples Ready For Valentine’s Day

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Ichaboe and Spheniscus are the "young love" couple. They have been together for about a year. (credit: New England Aquarium)

Ichaboe and Spheniscus are the “young love” couple. They have been together for about a year. (credit: New England Aquarium)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Spectators got some cool lessons from some special love-birds for life, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The New England Aquarium profiled some of its most popular pairs of penguins and shared their love stories with visitors.

One couple, Mosselbaai and Jutten, has been together for more than 20 years. They laid their first egg together in 1992, and have had four chicks in all.

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Mosselbaai and Jutten have been together for more than 20 years. (credit: New England Aquarium)

Another couple, Ichaboe and Spheniscus, have been together for only a year or so, and already have one chick. They are young lovers: Ichaboe is a 5-year-old male, and Spheniscus is a 4-year-old female.

Durban and Harlequin have produced the most offspring at the Aquarium, as they have had six chicks in just three breeding seasons.

Many African penguin couples at the Aquarium were paired together by biologists, who wanted to ensure the endangered species have the best chance of survival. Worldwide, African penguin populations are dropping dramatically.

In some cases, unproductive couples are broken up and re-paired.

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