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Houston, we have Lift Off! - Puffin, Farne Islands

The Atlantic puffin has a direct flight, typically 10 metres (33 ft) above the sea surface and higher over the water than most other auks. It mostly moves by paddling along efficiently with its webbed feet and seldom takes to the air. When it takes off, the Atlantic puffin patters across the surface of the water while vigorously flapping its wings, before launching itself into the air. To maintain flight, the wings need to beat very rapidly at a rate of several times each second. It can travel at 80 kilometres (50 mi) per hour.