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The Flying Potato by Stephen Oachs

The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), affectionately called, “The Flying Potato” by Newfoundland natives, has been nicknamed, “sea parrot” because of its bright, oversized beak. Interestingly, the brilliant color of this sea bird’s beak fades to a drab gray during winter months.

Puffins live the majority of their lives in the water. They can be seen resting on the waves or swimming by using their wings in a flying motion underwater. They have webbed feet for superb steering and diving, with the ability to go as deep as 200 feet if needed. On the other hand, on land they are clumsy at best. Though they can fly up to 55 mph once airborne, their landings seem more like a semi-controlled crash, with them often flying a few feet in the air before tucking in their wings and just falling to the ground.

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