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Diving Cape Gannets

Unbelievable site of the cape gannets diving to catch the sardines

 

The Cape Gannet, Morus capensis, originally Sula capensis, is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae.

They are easily identified by their large size, black and white plumage and distinctive yellow crown and hindneck. The pale blue bill is pointed with fine serrations near the tip; perhaps because of the depth and speed of the gannet's dive when fishing (depending on altitude, gannets hit the water at speeds of between 40 and 120 kilometers per hour[1]), its beak has no external nostrils into which the water might be forced. (wiki)

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Taken on June 30, 2010