I’ve been working on music and have not been posting much lately, so today I have a little bonanza of true strange stuff for you.
Have you ever seen a flock of birds do this? I’m tripping out and sharing the weirdness of reality.
Gannets are large sea birds that can be found in the North Atlantic as well as the coastal seas of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The birds fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater.
The technique, known as plunge diving, allows birds to use the energy from the momentum of the dive to combat natural buoyancy (caused by air trapped in plumage). Gannets can dive from a height of 30 meters (98.4 ft), reaching speeds of 100km/h (62 mph) as they strike the water.
Gannets have a number of adaptations that allow them to perform such a technique:
– they have no external nostrils and breathe through the opening in their epiglottis (in the mouth) instead;
– they have air sacs in their face and chest under their skin which act like bubble wrapping, cushioning the impact with the water;
– their eyes are positioned far enough forward on their face to give them binocular vision, allowing them to judge distances accurately.
Imagine you are walking around in a crowd having a good time when a bunch of aliens materialize from another dimension and eat many your fellow people. Life as a fish is for the birds.