Baby Puffins Thrown Off Cliffs in Icelandic Tradition

In Iceland, the unusual yet heartwarming sight of baby puffins being thrown off cliffs marks a cherished annual tradition.

This event is far from cruel but rather highlights the islanders’ efforts to guide young pufflings to safety.

The pufflings, inexperienced and easily disoriented by the island’s lights...

Often find themselves lost on their way to the sea.

The compassionate islanders come to their rescue, gently collecting the confused pufflings.

They then give them a helpful toss off the cliffs, ensuring their safe descent to the waters below.

Children play a significant role in this annual event, forming the “Puffling Patrol.”

Armed with boxes, they scour the island at night, seeking lost pufflings to assist in their journey.

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