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Name of those black birds that dive into the water

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by mikemill, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. mikemill

    mikemill Solo Diver

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    Got startled by a couple yesterday, so am trying to figure out the name of the bird so I can curse it properly ;) I'm swimming along and I feel something pressing upwards on my thigh and went I look down there is this big mass of black swimming under me. After it swims off another one decided to buzz me. Decided that I should probably leave that area. On my way out I found a dead on in the water.
     
  2. SteveAD

    SteveAD Instructor, Scuba

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    Probably a cormorant
     
  3. Chuck Tribolet

    Chuck Tribolet Loggerhead Turtle

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    A cormorant. Funny, I saw one yesterday at 80' at Ball-Buster.
     
  4. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

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    Yes, almost certainly a cormorant. It's a bizarre feeling, to be diving along and sudden see . . . a BIRD! I'm astonished at their diving ability; I have seen them at 40 feet, but I have friends who have seen them much deeper. It's a hard life, trying to catch fish by diving, I think.
     
  5. fobturbo

    fobturbo Barracuda

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    And then there are those that take it to another level:

    Helicopter fishing

    At least he did a catch & release.

     
  6. eric gundrum

    eric gundrum Nassau Grouper

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    :dropmouth: That is insane.
     
  7. eric gundrum

    eric gundrum Nassau Grouper

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    fobturbo and I were at Breakwater yesterday. At about 48 FSW just beyond the kelp there was one area where we had several cormorants fishing the bottom beneath us. We didn't have as close an encounter as you describe. I always get a kick out of seeing birds that deep.

    We also had a few visits from the seals while we were there.

    Interestingly, we didn't have any such encounters during our second dive. It was about the same depth, but closer to the wall. Maybe the creatures were taking an afternoon siesta. :)
     
  8. mikemill

    mikemill Solo Diver

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  9. Ben_ca

    Ben_ca Barangay Pasaway

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    Bob... his buddy was Bill ;)
     
  10. kathydee

    kathydee Instructor, Scuba

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    Amazing!!!
     

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