Birds of the Seas
Seabirds’ lives play out over ocean waves. They are true marine organisms, feeding at sea and only coming to land to breed. Ornithologist John Chardine will tell us more about them.
Seabirds are our constant companions on our cruise aboard the expedition ship, some following us all day. They are never lost, even thousands of miles from land. They are right where they want and need to be: Where the food is. Living their lives at sea isn’t easy. Only about 300 of the world’s 10,000 species of birds know how to survive among the ocean waves.
There are four main groups of seabirds. The first are penguins. The second are 'tube-nosed' petrels and their cousins, such as the iconic albatrosses. Third are the cormorants, pelicans, and gannets. Fourth, we have gulls, terns, auks, and skuas. With the exception of penguins, who live exclusively in the southern hemisphere, the three other seabird groups can be found on the coastlines and adjacent oceans of all seven continents.