You asked: How fast can a Gannet dive to catch fish?

How fast does a Gannet dive?

One of our largest seabirds, gannets feed on fish, which they catch by diving head-first into the sea, their wings folded right back. Diving from heights of 30m, they can hit the water at speeds of up to 60mph.

How deep can a Gannet bird dive?

Most plunge-dives are relatively shallow, but the Northern Gannet can dive as deep as 72 feet. It uses its wings and feet to swim deeper in pursuit of fish.

How far out to sea do gannets fly in order to find food?

Northern gannets forage for food during the day, generally by diving at high speed into the sea. They search for food both near to their nesting sites but also further out to sea. They forage from heights of up to 70 m (230 ft) and typically dive from between 11-60 m (36-197 ft).

What type of fish do gannets eat?

They eat mainly fish 2.5–30.5 cm (1–12 in) in length that shoal near the surface. Virtually any small fish (roughly 80–90% of their diet) or other small pelagic species (largely squid) will be taken opportunistically. Sardines, anchovies, haddock, smelt, Atlantic cod and other shoal-forming species are also eaten.

What bird can dive deepest in water?

The deepest underwater dive by a flying bird is 210 m (690 ft) by a Brünnich’s guillemot or thick-billed murre (Uria lomvia) with a maximum speed of descent of around 2 m (6 ft 6 in) a second. Auks in general are excellent swimmers and recent technology has made tracking the depth of their dives much easier.

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How long can geese hold their breath?

Geese can hold their breath for prolonged periods of up to 45 minutes or more while the gas burns and freezes their lungs.