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Atlantic puffin with a beak full of sand eels.

Fish are the primary food source of the atlantic puffin, although they dabble in capturing and consuming crustaceans when they find themselves in coastal waters.

While fishing they can dive very deep, and to reach these depths they do something similar to flying while under the surface. Using their semi-extended wings as paddles and their feet like a rudder, they reach considerable speeds while simultaneously tracking and collecting these small fish one by one.

The employ a combination of inward-facing beak serrations, a muscular grooved tongue and specialized mandible hinges to hold a row of these fish in parallel while they hunt for more.

These birds can only stay submerged for a minute at a time, so multiple dives are required to fill their beak.



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