Running along the water's surface, Fred Flintstone style, this horned puffin is nearly airborne. Puffins beat their wings a rapid 400 times per minute and fly at speeds up to 40 mph, and are more comfortable flying underwater, than above. Their bright coloration is all about the dating game during the summer. For the rest of the year, puffins are dull dressers as they bob around the middle of the North Pacific. (Kodiak, Alaska. Photo tip: If photographing puffins in flight, shutter speeds any slower than 1/640 sec cause their wings to record as textureless blurs.