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Pocket Penguins app: Live-streaming aquatic critters

Live penguins swim, romp, and snooze on your iPhone or Android device with the Pocket Penguins app from the California Academy of Sciences. Tune in for feeding time for an extra dose of semi-aquatic entertainment.

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Who wants some fish? Watch penguin feeding sessions live. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Live streaming penguins. Need I say more? This article could easily have stopped at those first three words and you would have gotten the idea.

The free Pocket Penguins app from the California Academy of Sciences offers three different live video views on the academy's endangered African penguin exhibit. The app is free and is available for both Android and iPhone.

The sleekly feathered little birdies romp, swim, nest, snooze, and paddle right up to the camera. Choose from the main view, underwater camera, or the biologist's-view Webcam.

The penguins are adorable at any time of the day, but the action really gets hopping during feeding times at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT. The live audio presentation, chatter from the penguin feeder, and penguin eating frenzy make for riveting viewing.

I tuned in to watch this morning and got to see the fish-toting feeder get bit by a penguin. I also learned that the oldest penguin in the exhibit is 28 and he used to wear a custom-made wet suit because his feathers didn't grow in properly. This is way more exciting than your average reality show--and way cuter.

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The underwater penguin feeding frenzy is full of bubbles. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET