Cormorants

Cormorant

Cormorants

CORMORANTS, also known as shags, are medium to large-sized seabirds that are usually black, brown or grayish in color.

Fun Facts:
? Cormorants Β are expert swimmers and can dive deep down to up to 150 feet to catch fish!
This is because their feathers get waterlogged, allowing the bird to sink and dive more efficiently.
? You can actually train Cormorants to fish for you.
Infact in some parts of Asia, fishermen reward Β these skilled birds with every seventh fish they catch!
? They are useful indicators of environmental pollution and may contribute to limiting invasive prey populations.

Recent research in Denmark shows that their hearing ability is more sensitive underwater than in air.
This is surprising because they spend most of their time out of the water. This new knowledge may help protect vulnerable bird species.

Good luck or Bad?
? In northern Norway, Cormorants are regarded as good luck when they gather in a village.
?Β However, in Ireland, Cormorants are considered a warning of bad luck to come whenever they perch atop a church.

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