Virginia Elena Patrone

Forever Extinct #2 Atlantic Puffin

The animal of today’s illustration is not extinct yet, but it can become it soon.

This is the Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula artica), a Nordic bird, whom 60 per cent population lives in Iceland.

 

Those birds are very well known in Iceland, where they became almost the symbol of the country for tourists. Unfortunately people are also hunting them (no words for this). They can change their color according to the season, and since they are seabirds, they spend long months out in the sea during winter. They are monogamous with their partner and they can live quite a long life, averagely between 20 and 25 years old, although the oldest puffin that has been documented died at age of 38 years. They have also incredible skills: they can dive to depths of about 60 meters and fly at a speed of 88 km/h (24m/sec) by flapping their wings 400 times per minute (they need to because they are quite heavy birds).

 

Unfortunately, according to World Birds Report, in 2018 this beautiful, majestic almost fantastic animal has been declared endangered, together with so many other well know bird species. According to this report:

 

“40 percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline, and one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction. The data are unequivocal. We are undergoing a steady and continuing deterioration in the status of the world’s birds,” said Tris Allinson, BirdLife’s Senior Global Science Officer, and Editor-In-Chief of the report. “The threats driving the avian extinction crisis are many and varied, but invariably of humanity’s making.”

Please let’s do something before it is too late!

More info about Atlantic puffin here and here.

 

 

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