Posted by: Team - Bowhead whale | January 26, 2012

Cormorants in the Arctic – how do they survive?

A great cormorant in the sunset off Disko Island. Photo: M. Christoffersen

The picture is taken quite far away with a normal pocket camera but take our word for it, it is a great cormorant Phalacocorax carbo. The extraordinary thing about these diving birds is that their plumage is semi permeable meaning that they get wet. Yet they overwinter in Disko Bay in the Arctic exposed to great coldness. How do they survive? Dr. David Grémillet ran a research project from 1998 to 2005 with filed work carried out at Arctic Station to find out exactly that.  Read more of his work and his results about the cormorants here.