Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
- HABITAT - Northern Gannets spend most of their lives at sea, but the can be seen from shore occasionally.
- In North America, the Northern Gannet breeds in only six well-established Canadian colonies: three in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec, and three in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland. In Europe it is distributed in 32 colonies from the coast of Brittany in France northward to Norway.
- DIET -Northern Gannets eat almost exclusively fish. They also eat shrimp and squid.
- FACTS - Gannets catch fish by diving from significant height at high speeds. They dive as deeply as 20 metres and can maneuver and swim underwater using both wings and feet.
- Northern Gannets are monogamous and mate for life. Pairs form, and renew their bonds, at the breeding colony, called a gannetry, which may contain thousands of pairs in close proximity to each other. After the breeding season, adult northern gannets disperse over a wide area