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Puffling Season Begins

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Puffling Season Begins

Puffins in Iceland

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Westman Islands Puffin Chick Season has officially begun, when fledgling puffins get confused by the lights in town on their way out to sea. Morgunblaðið reports. It's tradition for the children of the Vestmannaeyjar islands to rescue the lost pufflings before guiding them on their way by throwing them off the nearest cliff.

The season is starting is earlier than usual, according to Margrét Lilja Magnúsdóttir, curator of the Sæheimar Aquarium Puffin Monitoring Control. The first puffin chick arrived on August 13th, although it was too small to be released in the wild.

"The next one arrived on August 19th, which we'd rather say is the beginning of the season. They're a bit earlier now than usual, last year the first one arrived on August 24th, and September 8th the year before. The chicks are usually very light during the beginning of the season although the average weight has been alright for the past few days,"

Yesterday, a total of 139 chicks had been registered to for puffin monitoring, in which they are weighted, registered and examined before they're released back into the wild.

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