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August 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

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Puffin chicks at the Seattle Aquarium


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

This one-month-old tufted puffin chick is weighed by Sara Perry, lead bird biologist at the Seattle Aquarium, in a small, dark space behind the adult puffins enclosure where they have a burrow. It's the first time in 14 years that puffins have laid eggs at the aquarium, and within 10 days, two chicks hatched to two different mated pairs. Adult puffins generally mate for life and both adults take turns feeding the young. This chick weighs about 18 ounces. Its diet consists of herring, capelin, night smelt and silversides, all "restaurant quality" according to the aquarium. The chicks are weighed once a week and biologists frequently monitor the parents feeding behavior with the pufflings. Though puffins are not threatened or endangered, "many seabird species are in decline due to overfishing, climate change and other human impacts" says Lesanna Lahner, Seattle Aquarium veterinarian.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Despite not looking like they'd be good swimmers and fliers, they are. They have short wings adapted for diving, not gliding.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Common murres line up to be fed by Sara Perry, lead bird biologist, at the Seattle Aquarium. They nest along rocky cliffs.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Courtship continues outside their burrow for this mated pair that laid an egg about three weeks ago, the second chick hatched recently and the first ones in about 14-years at the aquarium. Pairs tend to mate for life. Mom has the red band, right, on her leg.

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