Northern Gannet

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Northern Gannet

Morus bassanus
  • ORDER: Suliformes
  • FAMILY: Sulidae
Basic Description

Breeding in only a few large colonies along the North Atlantic, the Northern Gannet spends most of its life at sea. Flocks engage in spectacular bouts of plunge-diving for fish, with hundreds of birds diving into the ocean from heights of up to 40 meters (130 feet).

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Other Names
  • Alcatraz Atlántico (Spanish)
  • Fou de Bassan (French)
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