We know that birds are quite graceful when they take flight. We’ve probably all seen the nature footage of these majestic creatures soaring through the sky.
But what about the birds that spend a lot of their time in the water? It’s almost impossible to imagine that they could be agile underwater. However, there is a species of birds that are quite incredible when you get them out on the water.
Gannets are powerful dive bombers that can hit the water at speeds as high as 60 miles per hour! Quite impressive! These gannets hunt for things that swim along the surface of the water.
Gannets will often follow dolphins, as they rely on the dolphins to round up and drive schools of fish – like herring or sardines – towards the surface. From there, they swoop down into the water in order to catch their prey.
One family having dinner along Newfoundland in Canada got to experience firsthand a group of gannets dive-bombing into the sea. Naturally, the sight was so impressive that they had to capture it.
Speaking of the footage, Lana Button shared, “While sitting eating supper and looking out at the water, we noticed the gannets gathering. There were more than usual. They flew in a circular formation much like a swirling hurricane. Then they began to dive.”
Button and her family were quite far away, still, they were able to hear the sounds that the gannets made each time they hit the water! That is quite impressive and definitely speaks volumes for just how fast they’re diving into the water from the air.
These birds are so impressive, that it’s no wonder they’ve been the subject of nature shows before, with David Attenborough once having shared some clips of the gannets on the hunt. The Smithsonian has also shown a different take on the bird, by sharing footage of what happens after they’ve made their dive and are fishing underwater.
Check out the video below:
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