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Species Description
The Northern Gannet is the largest member of the gannet family, and one of the largest seabirds of the North Atlantic. Also known as the Spectacled Goose, it is recognizable by a ring of bluish skin around the eyes. The Northern Gannet breeds across the North Atlantic, with the largest single colony (known as a gannetry) in Quebec and most of the population found around Great Britain. This opportunistic hunter captures fish (and rarely, squid) by plunging into the ocean from great heights, reaching speeds of up to 100 kph and diving to depths of 3-5m; using its wings and feet for propulsion, it can dive to 15m deep and remain submerged for 30 seconds.
Skeletal Elements Available

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Mandible (Jawbone )

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Furcula (Wishbone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Northern Gannet Page

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