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Video: Cormorant’s Surprising Dive
By Angela Messina, August 2, 2012 @ 12:25 PM (EST)
Source: National Geographic

If you thought you had to work hard to get a bite to eat, scientists in Argentina recently captured a video of an Imperial Cormorant diving to the seafloor just to catch a single fish!

Previously, cormorants were thought to dive to just below the surface of the water to catch fish, but new footage shows a cormorant diving 150 feet below the surface down to the sea floor in order to catch a fish.

The World Conservation Society (WCS) and National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) led the project.

“The assumption was that they fed on the surface, or just below the surface," said WCS biologist Martin Mendez, who worked on the project.  "This is the first time we have seen them diving to the floor. It's a new behavior—people didn't know about this before."

Make sure to check out the amazing footage here!

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