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Baby Puffin Update: Exhibit Exploration & General Cuteness

Published October 10, 2013

We're happy to report that the puffin chick that recently hatched at the Aquarium continues to do well!

national aquarium puffin chick

After spending close to 45 days tucked within its nesting burrow, our baby puffin emerged in early September and began to explore our Sea Cliffs exhibit. Did you know? Atlantic puffin chicks are known to develop rather quickly! In the wild, they're fully-fledged and ready to leave their parents after only six weeks. DNA testing has confirmed that our chick is in fact female! Staff and visitors alike can easily identify our chick by her small, gray bill. It may take two or more years for the bright colors and large triangular bill, what's commonly seen in mature puffins, to develop.

national aquarium puffins

Stay tuned for more updates on our baby puffin! 
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