While preparing for the return of visitors post-lockdown, penguins at the Sea Life London Aquarium have been watching Christmas movies to get the sensory stimulation they need to remain healthy.

The gentoo penguins at Sea Life London Aquarium haven’t seen humans in over a month due to the lockdowns in the UK and the travel restrictions, so staff have been sitting them in front of movies like Elf and other Christmas classics to keep them entertained.

Aquarist Leah Pettitt said in a statement, “At Sea Life London Aquarium, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to keep all our creatures entertained and engaged, as part of our enrichment processes […] It’s great to see how much our gentoo penguins are enjoying the Christmas movies we’ve put on for them.”

The team at Sea Life has been playing the Christmas movies on a giant screen outside the penguin enclosure, and the penguins seem to be enjoying it.

The aquarium reopened its doors on Monday, December 2, however, so now the penguins can have the best of both worlds.