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Puffins are the answer to the age-old question, What if penguins had motivation and figured out how to fly? 

OK, that's probably throwing a little unnecessary shade at penguins, but puffins are the cold weather sea bird that does it all. Do they dine on delicious fish? Yes. Do they hang out on rocks in miserable weather, looking adorable? They do. Can they fly around when they don't feel like waddling awkwardly from place to place? Damn right. 

Whereas penguins tend to stick to the Southern Hemisphere, puffins are found exclusively in the north with species found throughout both the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It's pretty cold up around there, so if you're a biology drop-out like I am you'll find yourself asking, how do puffins not freeze their little tuchuses off? The secret to their inner warmth comes from their stocky stature. 

It's their shape that also gives them the puffin moniker. They look kind of swollen, puffed up if you will, and the name just stuck. 

Puffins are primarily black and white (like their lazy, no flying penguin friends), but for part of the year they have incredibly colorful beaks. Much like how you may pick out some flashy clothes before hitting the club—perhaps it's more apt to say the way you'll cover your skin with tattoos—the vibrant colors are intended to help attract a mate. Once they've hooked up and settled down in their nest for the breeding season the birds shed the colorful beak. 

Do you know what a baby puffin is called? A puffling. Seriously. These birds are the cutest thing on Earth and we honestly don't deserve to share the planet with such dear creatures. 

The least we can do to show our appreciation for puffins is to cover our own skin with puffin tattoos. We can't shed them at the end of the season, but why would we even want to? Enjoy this gallery of puffin tattoos! 

And we couldn't do a whole collection of puffins without throwing in at least one porg, or as I like to refer to them as, "Space Puffins." They're adorable... and delicious.