Puffin chicks hatched in Sea Cliffs exhibit!

Just weeks ago, we welcomed two new puffin chicks to our Sea Cliffs exhibit!

Back in 2006, we were happy to report the first successful hatching of a puffin chick at the National Aquarium. The parents, Victor and Vixen, presented us with another healthy chick in 2010, later named Vinny.  On June 28, 2011, they hatched their third little puffin! The chick weighed 40 grams at the time of the hatch, and weighed 90 grams at 8 days old. This follows the weight pattern of his older brother.

Just a little over a week later, on July 6, first-time puffin parents Tex and Kingster hatched their own chick, making this the Aquarium’s first year for multiple puffin hatchings. This chick weighed 39.4 grams at the time of the hatch and 168 grams at 12 days old.

For the next several weeks, the young puffins will remain in their burrows while they are cared for by their parents. Visitors may see the parents bringing fish into the nest burrows, which are located in the far left side of the exhibit.

When they are about 45 days old, they should begin exploring life outside of the burrow and will be visible to the public. Check back here in the upcoming weeks for updates and naming opportunities!

Here is a video of the first chick being weighed just days ago:

Curious about what it takes to care for puffins? Be an early bird to the Aquarium on August 28 for a talk with one of our aviculturists, from 7:45–9 a.m. Light breakfast fare will be provided. Cost: $30, includes Aquarium admission. Member price: $8. Reserve your ticket by calling 410-727-3474.

5 Responses to “Puffin chicks hatched in Sea Cliffs exhibit!”


  1. 1 Jamie July 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I was just at the aquarium last thursday, and I didn’t know you had a puffin exhibit…where was it…im so upset :o(

  2. 2 Lisa July 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

    It would be really neat if a webcam that looked in their burrow could be installed. I know a lot of people were hooked on watching the baby panda that was born in San Diego via webcam. It would probably create more exposure for the aquarium too.

  3. 3 elsie July 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    They are so cute can you post any pictures of I love them

  4. 4 Jason July 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    What was the puffin name born on July 6 my daughter would like to know that is her birthday too. Her name is Elsie n were just their 2 days ago. We are members n love going.


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