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πŸ“½ by @markpritchett11

Gannets dive-bombing a school of herring in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland.

With a wingspan of up to 2m (6.6ft), northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the north atlantic region.

They hunt their prey by diving from as high as 40m (130ft), slamming into the water at speeds of up to 100kph (62mph) and plunging themsleves up to 35m (115ft) below the surface, allowing them to catch fish much deeper than most airborne seabirds.

Along with their streamlined bodies and powerful neck muscles, gannets have a special adaptation that allows them to break the surface tension of the water without injury – air sacs located under the skin of the face and chest cushion them from the impact with the sea.

These air sacs are connected to the lungs. They are filled with air when the bird breathes in and that air is returned to the lungs by squeezing (contracting) the muscles around them.

The gannets nostrils (more like slits) are located inside the bill, when they dive these slits are covered by a flap of hard tissue to prevent the sea from forcing it’s way inside.



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