Atlantic Puffin

Rosette and Denticles

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The soft stretchy piece of flesh on the Puffin’s mouth is called the rosette. It allows the bird to open its mouth even wider the the average bird. And if you look closely at the upper mouth in the photo you can see the backward barbs called denticles which allow the bird to hold prey in place. Puffins on average carry more than 10 fish at a time.

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Rebecca Bowater

Stunning image Emil

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Great shot and info Emil Now I know why they can hold on to so many of those little sand eels, etc.

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