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The animal on the cover of Excel 2000 in a Nutshell is a Northern Gannet (Sula Bassanus). The Northern Gannet is the largest seabird breeding in North American waters. It feeds primarily on surface-dwelling fish such as herring and mackerel, which are taken from diving from heights up to 43 meters and plummeting into the water with great speed and force. The bird enters the water head first and swallows its prey whole. The bird's skull is incredibly strong, and a system of air sacs also helps to absorb the shock of these plunges. Northern Gannets take their winters at sea, from southern Virginia to Florida, and return north the remainder of the year.


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