First Ever Live Puffin Seen In Bermuda Waters

April 16, 2013

The Bermuda Audubon Society today [Apr. 16] confirmed the first ever live sighting of an Atlantic Puffin in Bermuda waters — and posted the photographic proof at its Facebook page.

“Bermuda’s first live Atlantic Puffin was seen and photographed by Matthew Watson while fishing with his brother Andrew on Challenger Banks last Wednesday,” said Audubon Society president Andrew Dobson. “Finally a live bird after many records of dead birds washed up over the years on Bermuda’s beaches including at least six this year.”


The Atlantic Puffin is a seabird species that feeds primarily by diving for fish, but also eats other sea creatures, such as squid and crustaceans.

Its most obvious characteristic during the breeding season is its brightly coloured bill.

Also known as the Common Puffin, it is the only puffin species which is found in the Atlantic Ocean.

The curious appearance of the bird, with its large colourful bill and its striking piebald plumage, has given rise to nicknames such as ‘”clown of the ocean” and “sea rooster”.

The Atlantic Puffin is the provincial bird for the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

– Photograph courtesy of Matthew Watson

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