O'Neill had added a new member to its UK team. The unusual addition is a 14 year Humboldt Penguin named Ralph who happens to be a permanent resident at Marwell Zoo. The not so feathery new team member has been given a brand new custom made O'Neill wetsuit in order to protect him from the cold elements that he faces after moulting his feathers too early!
Originating from South America, the Humboldt Penguin moults annually but unfortunately for Ralph it happens all too quickly. Over the past few years Marwell Zoo have been protecting Ralph with custom made wetsuits and so when O'Neill heard that Ralph was on the lookout for a new one they were more than happy to oblige.
Anna Ing, Team Leader of birds at Marwell said: "Ralph was in desperate need of a new wetsuit as his old one was starting to fall apart- his wetsuits see a lot of activity with him constantly on the go, swimming, climbing rocks and preening! He certainly looks the part with his custom made O'Neill wetsuit!"
Steve Peters, European Marketing Manager O'Neill Wetsuits comments "At O'Neill we strive to help and support marine habitats as well as understand the important relationship between the sea and the external environment. It was an absolute pleasure for us to provide Ralph with a new wetsuit and in celebration we have made him an official member of the team, after all, he is the ultimate Coldwater Specialist".
Ralph and penguin partner Coral have already been busy preening his new O'Neill wetsuit!