A good catch


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The plunge

Fishing for mackerel is a competitive sport among gannets. Seen here off the coast of Scotland, the seabirds begin their dives as high as 50 feet above the water. By the time they plunge through the surface, they can be traveling as fast as 60 miles per hour.
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Gotcha! 

To catch a meal, a determined northern gannet slices into the waters off the island of Noss in Shetland, Scotland. The diving birds can break the water’s surface at 70 miles an hour and have nostrils that seal shut, allowing them to dive to depths up to 50 feet. “I took this picture … from a small boat using an underwater housing,” Your Shot photographer Felipe Foncueva explains, “surrounded by thousands of gannets flying, diving, and shouting around me.”

Reblogged from National Geographic