Video: Ride On a Seabird’s Back as It Dives Toward the Ocean Floor

By | August 4, 2012

Video: Ride On a Seabird's Back as It Dives Toward the Ocean Floor7:15 am, in a tent in the middle of nowhere, waking up on a misty morning, for some reason I have one bar on the AT&T 4G network. We saw some cormorants yesterday and I jokingly said a pelican was a drone. In the story I just read, coincidentally, below, a real bird is turned into an eye in the sky (and undersea). This is a test to see if I can embed a youTube video from my cell phone using copy and paste.

Giving video cameras to animals can yield some awesome results, especially underwater – remember the octopus guerrilla filmmaker? In a new video, ride on the back of a South American seabird as it captures footage of its 150-foot-deep dive.

Imperial cormorants live off the coast of Patagonia, Argentina, and are protected by various regulations. Scientists at the Wildlife Conservation Society have been tracking about 400 of them with GPS loggers and archival tags. This time, a team led by WCS researcher Flavio Quintana attached a camera to a bird’s back and set it loose.

The video is the first time scientists have been able to watch the birds’ feeding techniques.

The footage is choppy at first as the bird sits on the surface, but then it takes a nosedive. It finally reaches the ocean floor and looks around for a meal, snatching up a long fish and bringing it back up to eat. Watch its crazy ride below.


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0 thoughts on “Video: Ride On a Seabird’s Back as It Dives Toward the Ocean Floor

  1. Fred Killer

    I think the bird’s name was Mercedes.

    Mercedes Bends!


    Seriously though, what would happen to a human who did this? 150 feet twice is a long way to hold your breath!

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