More Puffins!

The Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward on the Kenai Peninsula has quite a number of Horned and Tufted Puffins that you can get up very close to in the Seabird Habitat section of The Rocky Coast Gallery. This gallery has the deepest seabird pool in the United States at 6.4 metres deep (21 feet) holding 397,468 litres (105,000 gallons) of water.

Horned Puffin The Alaska SeaLife Centre Seward Alaska
A cozy and chubby little Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin The Alaska sealife center
Tufted Puffins enjoying themselves in the Seabird pool

The Alaska SeaLife Center is non-profit organization and is not just an aquarium but also a research facility with state-of-the-art laboratories for  studying the marine life and ecosystems of Alaska (especially research on marine mammals such as sea lions, seals and otters along with seabirds like the Puffin). They are affiliated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks along with numerous government departments and universities at a local, state, federal and international level. Their research on endangered species is world renown and contributes to conservation science to preserve the wild populations of the marine life in Alaska.

Horned Puffin Alaska
Horned Puffin (note the fleshy black horn above its eyes)

They also specialise in the rehabilitation and return to the wild of stranded and injured animals. Their veterinarians and volunteers get rescued animals healthy again and get them back to their natural habitat wherever possible. Rehabilitation also aids in the centre’s research and public education programs.


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