Story: Seabirds – overview

Sooty shearwater diving

Sooty shearwater diving

The ability to dive and swim under water is a great advantage, giving seabirds access to more food than can be found at the surface. Second only to the flightless penguins, sooty shearwaters, or muttonbirds, are the deepest underwater swimmers – they have been recorded at depths of 60–70 metres. This one is streaking past a diver. Most seabirds are either good long-distance flyers or good divers; unusually, the sooty shearwater is both.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Seabirds – overview - Living at sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5478/sooty-shearwater-diving (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015