Discovered: the most buoyant substance on earth… eider ducklings!
These tiny little fluff balls tackle the waves and waters of the alongshore North Atlantic with aplomb!
The mothers (and aunties?) do all the duckling care, leading them and taking turns watching them in groups known as creches.
Mother Common Eiders lead their young to water, and often are accompanied by nonbreeding hens that participate in chick protection. Broods often come together to form “crèches” of a few to over 150 ducklings.