Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
© David Bernstein Sooty shearwaters migrate nearly 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) every year, one of the longest ever migration patterns electronically tracked. They can dive into water and scoop up prey, like a spoonful of cereal. The shearwater's dark plumage inspired its name.
Size: 16–20 inches long
Diet: Fish and squid
Distribution: The open ocean
Journey to Monterey Bay: They convene in peak numbers off California in late summer.
Did You Know?
● It is the most abundant seabird off the coast of California.
● The sooty shearwater inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller The Birds.
Animal facts courtesy of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S., the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Audobon Society.