A puffin drops the sand eels it was carrying as it is chased by a gull on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, northern England July 8, 2013. The Farne Islands, which lie off the coast of northeast England, are home to a huge array of wildlife. The islands are owned and protected by the British conservation charity, the National Trust, which says they host some 23 species of seabird, as well as a substantial colony of grey seals, who come to have their pups there in the autumn. Every five years the National Trust carries out a census of the islands’ population of puffins, and this year’s survey showed there were almost 40,000 nesting pairs on the islands – an 8 percent rise from 2008. Picture taken July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN – Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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