ORLANDO — Michael Boos is a very popular guy. Dozens of his friends rush to him when he walks into the room, squawking and tweeting as they waddle. “Hi Cobie,” Boos says to the king penguin leaning against his leg. “Hey, Jasper,” he says to the gentoo standing at his toes. “Did you get your fill of fish this morning?”
Boos, dressed in a heavy overcoat, hat, and gloves — despite the sweltering 82 degrees outside — is vice president of zoological operations at SeaWorld, and ultimately in charge of its colony of more than 250 cold-weather penguins.