Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
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Title: Northern Gannet
Alternative Title: Morus bassanus
Creator: Hagerty, Ryan
Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributor: NATIONAL CONSERVATION TRAINING CENTER-PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING MATERIALS
Language: EN - ENGLISH
Rights: (public domain)
Subject: bird, birds, Florida, Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge
Description Abstract: A member of the booby family, the northern gannet is a sea bird that frequents open seas and can be found in coastal waters south to Florida and occasionally Texas and Europe. Gannets can be observed diving into the sea for fish, sometimes from heights as great as 50 feet. The gannet has a system of air sacs under the skin of the breast that act like a cushion on impact and protect them when they hit the water.
Date: September 02 2004