Northern Fulmars 7/24/18

Although they look very much like gulls, Northern Fulmars belong to the tubenose family which includes the shearwaters, albatrosses, and petrels. More specifically they are known as one of the 2 fulmarine petrels. The nasal passages attached above their bills are called naricorns which also have a specialized gland to help them excrete salt. You’ll only see these birds far out to sea where they are quite abundant and frequently scavenge behind fishing boats. Unlike any gull, they can also dive up to 10 feet underwater in pursuit of fish and squid. They come in both light and dark morphs and breed on remote cliffs. These were photographed near the Laurentian Channel between Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland.

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