Puffins are lovable partly for their curiosity and quirkiness. Here Nicolson imagines them trying to figure out what manner of fish he is.
‘They are not frightened. They gather around you, swimming up to you, looking curiously sideways at this new kind of rubber-suited whale.’
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Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 189