Puffins launch themselves into flight from rocky cliffs along the coast. Their takeoffs and landings look awkward, but the birds are expert swimmers and divers, using their wings to propel them deep underwater, where they catch fish in the frigid depths.
Photograph by John Huba
Ornithologist Steve Kress. Kress discovered that decoys, like this one, were key to luring Atlantic puffins, extremely social birds, back to their historic breeding grounds on rocky islands off of the coast of Maine.