WATCH: This Giant Bird Dives 150 Feet Underwater for Food

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In what seems like a highly inefficient food procurement process, the majestic cormorant, a variety of seabird, dives to the sea floor in search of food.

Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Research Council of Argentina attached a camera to the back of a cormorant to track its dietary regimen. After it reaches the bottom of the sea, they follow it for nearly two minutes before it finds something suitable — 150 feet below the surface of the ocean. The birds typically eat fish and other marine life, and this cormorant is thought to have grabbed a snake-like swimmer.

The scientists were working from Punta León in Patagonia, Argentina, where more than 7,000 cormorants live. The birds are thought to lack waterproofing on their feathers, allowing them to dive to great depths without resistance. After returning to the surface, cormorants are often seen drying their wings in the sun.

If they all search for food like this, we can clearly see why humans invented delivery.

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LoudRambler
LoudRambler

 I have to point out that North America's own common loon dives deeper, so there's nothing too special about cormorants.

Shams Aci
Shams Aci

Comment / Reflection:

Nature's creatures including humans have to struggle to survive so much so that sometimes one cannot imagine  unless he or she undergoes a situation like  this wonder giant bird does usually, for instance, he or she dives as far as 150 feet underwater for food.

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Jeffrey Missal
Jeffrey Missal

 This activity is a result of hundreds, if not thousands, of years of evolution.  If the speculation is correct and the bird lacks waterproofing, you can add tens of thousands of years to those figures.  In other words, this is not a response to something recent, but a learned behavior and a physical evolution to make that behavior as efficient and effective as possible.

Shams Aci
Shams Aci

 Dear Jeffrey Missal,

You seem having much knowledge about the topic. Thanks for the contribution!

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