Diving depths of four alcids

The Auk
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Incidental catches of 12,243 Common Murres (Uria aalge), 875 Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica), 36 Black Guillemots (Cepphus grylle), and 9 Razorbills (Alca torda) were recorded off Newfoundland during the summers of 1980-1982 (26,445 net-days of fishing effort). Most catch occurred in stationary gill nets set on the sea floor at depths of up to 180 m and revealed that murres, Razorbills, puffins, and guillemots can dive to depths of at least 180, 120, 60, and 50 m, respectively. Diving ability appeared to be directly correlated with body size.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Diving depths of four alcids
Series title The Auk
DOI 10.2307/4086771
Volume 102
Issue 2
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 293
Last page 297
Country Canada
State Newfoundland
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