Alaska Wildlife Viewing - Horned Puffin
The Horned Puffin and the Tufted Puffin are the two types of Puffins found in Alaska. Generally the Horned Puffin can be found in areas around Southcentral Alaska, the Northern Aleutian Chain, and Southeast Alaska.
It is commonly recognized by its large white breast, yellow beak, orange feet, and during the summer months, small black horns over its eyes. The Tufted Puffin is similar in appearance, but has tufts off feathers that curl back from each side of its head. Both species can be found in the open seas of Alaska and generally only go near land to nest.
During nesting they burrow 3-4 feet below the surface of cliff walls or steep slopes. Puffins can dive underwater for up to one minute. Swimming is much like flying for them as they use their wings to propel them forward and feet like rudders to steer them back and forth. They can be seen on many cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park along with other abundant Alaska marine wildlife.