Meet Our Newest Puffin Chicks

For the first time, the National Aquarium is celebrating three new puffin chicks hatching in a single season!

Published August 25, 2017

We are excited to announce that three puffin chicks have hatched in our Sea Cliffs exhibit. This is the first time that more than two chicks have hatched in a single breeding season at the Aquarium!

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The first puffin chick to hatch, Gnocchi, is the third chick to parents Vigo and Staypuft. Gnocchi hatched on July 6 after an incubation period of approximately 36 days. Puffin parents Victor and Vixen welcomed their seventh chick, Viola, on July 9 after an incubation period of approximately 39 days.

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Our third puffin chick, Willow, is the first chick to parents Princess and Jasper. Willow hatched on August 10 after an incubation period of approximately 38 days. Willow's mother, Princess, was the first puffin to ever hatch at the Aquarium.

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Gnocchi, Viola and Willow are the 10th, 11th and 12th puffin chicks to successfully hatch since 2006. Atlantic puffins generally lay just one egg and raise a single chick each year.

Chicks remain in their nesting burrows and receive care from both parents for about 45 days after hatching. Once fledged, the young puffins will begin to explore life outside the burrow!

Stay tuned for more updates!

 
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