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Photo of the Week: Atlantic Puffin

© Oceana/Carlos Suarez

Our crew aboard the Ranger spotted this charming seabird near Spain’s Gibraltar Strait.

Puffins feed by diving for fish underwater, using its strong wings to swim. They breed in large clifftop colonies, and the puffin parents take turns incubating the egg.

Puffins eat only a few species of fish, including capelin. As a result, commercial capelin fisheries in Canada, Norway, Iceland and Russia pose a threat for Atlantic puffins. Capelin are mainly used for fish meal and oil industry products.

Check out a slideshow of stunning photos from this year's Ranger expedition so far!


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