Swallowtail and the Sea

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Swallowtail and the Sea

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Swallow-tailed Gull, Creagrus furcatus. Swallow-tailed Gulls spend most of their lives flying and hunting over the Pacific Ocean, and return to breed solely on the Galápagos Islands. It is the only fully nocturnal species of gull in the world, preying on squid and small fish that rise to the ocean surface at night to feed on plankton. They are the only member of their genus Creagrus, which derives from the Latin creagra and the greek kreourgos, which both translate to ‘butcher’, and from kreas, ‘meat’, which would roughly mean ‘hook for meat,’ referring to the hooked bill of this species.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
©Two Loons/Erin Lehnert

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