Story: Seabirds – overview

Foraging underwater

Some flying seabirds are capable divers, but the long wings required for flight are less efficient underwater than the short flippers of penguins, and feet as well as wings are used for propulsion. Nevertheless, this silent footage shows that some can chase their prey with remarkable skill.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Seabirds – overview - Living at sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2021)

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