The Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) is a close relation to puffins not other ‘auklets’ – but all are members of the ‘alcid’ family of seabirds. Rhinoceros auklets are found all along the BC coast although they do have a mostly southerly range in the winter. It has been said that this bird ‘flies’ through the water as it uses it’s wings to swim underwater for up to 2 minutes and has been recorded at depths of almost 100m. The large ‘horn’ or spike on their beak is actually an addition to the base of the bill that is grown by male and female adult birds in the spring and discarded after the breeding season.
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