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Atlantic puffin

Atlantic puffin

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Atlantic cod

Atlantic cod

Saithe

Saithe

Pouting

Pouting

Atlantic wolffish

Atlantic wolffish

European eel

European eel

European conger

European conger

European plaice

European plaice

European flounder

European flounder

Turbot

Turbot

Common eider

Common eider

Facts

LatinSomateria mollissima
Size71 cm
FoodCrustaceans, mussels and snails
HabitatCoast
IUCN

Near threatened

LocationEurope, North America and Siberia
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They live together in large colonies

You can spot common eider everywhere along the shores of Denmark. During the breeding season they gather in huge colonies on uninhabited islands such as Saltholm next to Den Blå Planet, National Aquarium Denmark. Saltholm has the largest colony of common eider in Northern Europe.

The young attend ‘kindergarten’

As soon as the common eider’s eggs hatch, the youngsters take to the water. There they are looked after in ‘kindergartens’ with as many as 100 ducklings. The adult females take turns supervising the kindergarten.


Seaotter

Pacific octopus

Red king crab

American lobster