Story: Marine conservation

Seabird dive depths

Seabird dive depths

Many seabirds spot fish from the air and dive for them. This diagram illustrates the maximum dive depths of four species, along with the usual depths that longline fishing vessels drag their lines of baited hooks. It is clear that all can dive beyond the depths of these baits, which is why so many birds are caught and drowned.

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Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, 'Marine conservation - Seabirds and shorebirds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 February 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Sep 2015