Ravioli, Vega and Sage are the 13th, 14th and 15th Atlantic puffins to hatch in the National Aquarium’s Sea Cliffs exhibit since 2006.
The first newcomer, nicknamed Ravioli, hatched to parents Vigo and Staypuft on July 8. Two days later, puffin parents Victor and Vixen welcomed puffin chick Vega. The trio was complete with the hatching of Princess and Jasper’s second chick, nicknamed Sage, on July 24.
Chicks receive their names at the Aquarium according to their lineage. The use of themes within puffin families helps staff easily recognize—at the simple mention of a name—how the puffins are related. Ravioli joins siblings with pasta-themed names, including Penne and Gnocchi, from prior breeding seasons; Vixen and Victor have produced many “V”-named chicks over the years; and Sage joins a fellow nature-themed sibling nicknamed Willow.
After hatching, chicks stay in their burrows for about 45 days until they fledge, fully feathered and waterproofed and, of course, ready to explore!
The Aquarium’s newly hatched puffins will be a part of the Species Survival Plan, a program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that focuses on ensuring genetic diversity and sustainability for Atlantic puffins—and other endangered and threatened species—in human care.
Stay tuned for more updates on our puffin chicks!