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What Scientists Learned by Dropping a Frozen, Dead Bird in Water

For sea birds like the gannet, diving is more of a way of life than an idle pastime. They feed near the coast, dive-bombing en masse into the water to reach schools of fish swimming below. Gannets can dive from more than a hundred feet in the air, reaching speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour on the way down — a feat that would likely kill a human. How the birds manage to avoid damagin
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