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Atlantic Puffin - - (Fratercula arctica)

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Atlantic Puffin on Machias Seal Island

Spending most of their lives in the North Atlantic, these seabirds come to shore only to breed and raise their young. Underwater, Atlantic Puffins use their wings to swim and navigate, and they can carry up to 30 small fish back to their young. To avoid predation, they normally nest in burrows on off-shore islands. A favorite of birdwatchers, Machias Seal Island hosts a population of about 3000 puffins each year. This puffin is resting during a summer rain.

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