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The avian swimming sensation dove 150 feet in 40 seconds. That distance is equivalent to a 13-story skyscraper with very tall ceilings on each floor.
The bird then stayed underwater for 80 seconds, enough time for it to catch a snakelike fish. With the fish in its beak, the imperial cormorant then returned to the surface in 40 seconds. The footage marks the first time that researchers have been able to directly view the feeding technique of these talented birds. You can even see how the camera was attached to the bird’s back, since the view is of the bird's head as it pumps its feet to swim deeper.
The video was taken at Punta Leon in Patagonia, Argentina. This is a coastal protected area supporting more than 3.500 pairs of imperial cormorants. The research team has tracked 400+ cormorants along the Patagonian Coast of Argentina using such cutting-edge tools as multi-channel archival tags and high- resolution GPS-loggers, in addition to video.