Habitat: Rocky cliffs near and offshore; sandy coastal beaches and lagoons; waterfronts and pilings.
Profession: A fish-hunter that works collectively in groups flying single-file over the water, plunging from heights of 50' to catch fish in a large, specialized beak-pouch from which it strains the water after surfacing and swallows the fish.
Wow Fact: To keep eggs warm during incubation they stand on top of them.
Habitat: Rocky coasts of islands, islets, and the mainland.
Profession: A fish-hunter that hunts close to shore and far out at sea; also preys on crabs and other crustaceans.
Wow Fact: Being the smallest of the Pacific cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants can spring directly from the water rather than having to paddle along the surface like the other species. They make their nests from seaweed, feathers, and other debris. They have been documented diving to depths of 180' (55m).
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