A screenshot of the Pocket Penguin app.
A screenshot of the new Pocket Penguin application. Photo: Courtesy of The California Academy of Sciences

Bosses and project managers, meet your new enemy: the California Academy of Sciences‘ Pocket Penguins, a smart phone application that lets you view the Academy’s African penguin exhibit 24 hours a day.

The app was released earlier this week and allows one to “watch the birds swim, dive, flirt, nest and relax from any one of three live webcams.”

Flirt and nest? I’m captivated simply watching these cute little guys (and gals) walk.

According to the app description, the penguins are especially animated at meal time, around 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A spokesperson for the Academy said that the app has been downloaded more than 1,700 times since it launched 48 hours ago.

Pocket Penguins is available for iPhone and Android systems for free, though a donation of $5.00 is encouraged.

And if staring at your phone is too obvious, there’s always this live web feed:

Let the oohing and ahhing begin.


Amanda Stupi

Amanda Stupi is an interactive producer for KQED News. She grew up in Northern California, where her mother would woo her inside on warm summer nights with promises of The Monkees and CHIPS. Stupi is fascinated with the intersection between popular culture and the fine arts. Her idea of artistic perfection includes The Beastie Boys' Check Your Head, Joni Mitchell's Blue, Bull Durham, several episodes of Cheers, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and most of Wallace Stevens' poetry. Stupi's life goals include watching every episode of Law and Order, finishing a screenplay and thanking her mom in an Oscar acceptance speech.

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