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This greater shearwater (Puffinus gravis) was rather curious about our work off the back of the boat. While the CTD was making it's roundtrip voyage to the bottom, I got down on the deck and shot this with my lense sticking out through the scupper (on a boat a scupper is a hole in the hull at deck level for water to drain).
Shearwaters are pelagic seabirds that are seen regularly offshore, but only seen on land when they're nesting. Even then, since they nest on remote islands, they are rarely seen from (any populated) shore.

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