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13 animals of the Arctic

Nov. 22, 2011, 8:12 a.m.
Atlantic puffin swimming in water

Photo: kenyai/flickr

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Atlantic puffin

This memorable creature, also known as the common puffin, is related to the extinct auk mentioned in the previous slide — but it is alive and well and can be found in northern Europe, the Arctic Circle, Newfoundland and parts of Maine. This seabird spends most of its time over the water, where it dives for fish and squid. The pronounced bill is a marker of the breeding season, when the birds can be seen on dry land in the spring and summer.