Atlantic puffins can be recognized by their large, triangular-shaped bill with red-orange tip and blue-gray base surrounded by yellow. They have black upperparts with white underneath, orange legs and feet, and pale gray to white faces and cheeks.
Atlantic puffins eat several types of fish. Zooplanktons (euphausiids, mysids, and copepods) are also part of a puffin's diet. At the Aquarium, we feed them capelin and silversides.
Atlantic puffins are typically about 12 inches tall.
Atlantic puffins inhabit a geographic range including the coast of New England to Iceland and the British Isles.
Atlantic puffins have become threatened by certain human activities and are rare in areas where they were once abundant.
A natural predator of the Atlantic puffin is the great black-backed gull, and introduced predators include foxes and rats.
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