Story: Shags

A shag fishing

Shags mostly find food by swimming around underwater, often along the floor of the sea or lake. This little shag is feeding in fresh water, surfacing briefly for air. Pied shags can stay underwater for more than three minutes on one breath. Compared to ducks, shags float low on the water; because they are less buoyant, diving is easier.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shags - A variety of species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 11 Jul 2016