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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:38 AM

Amazing Deep Diving by Imperial Cormorant Bird

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120731160753.htm

ScienceDaily (July 31, 2012) A team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Research Council of Argentina recently fitted a South American sea bird called an imperial cormorant with a small camera, then watched stunned as it became "superbird" -- diving 150 feet underwater in 40 seconds, feeding on the ocean floor for 80 seconds where it eventually caught a snakelike fish, before returning to the surface 40 seconds later.

This is the first time researchers have been able to watch first-hand the amazing feeding techniques of these fascinating birds, which occur off the coast of Argentina.

The footage shows the cormorant briefly on the surface before diving for the bottom. The camera is attached to the bird's back, so the view is of its head as it pumps its feet to swim deeper. When it finally reaches the ocean floor, it explores a vast area searching for food. It eventually finds an elongated fish, which it brings to the surface to eat.


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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:46 AM

1. Corm Cam. Amazing. For the record, the limit for recreational SCUBA divers is 130 feet....

... and that requires decompression stops on the way up. These birds are phenomenal.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:41 AM

2. If the ocean was whiskey I'd be a diving.. umm.. cormorant..

Seriously, that's an amazing feat..

How about that, a dinosaur that can not only fly, swim and walk but dive like a sea otter too..

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:20 AM

3. Fascinating!

Worth 2 minutes!

k&r

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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:26 AM

4. that is really something

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