Western Morning News (Saturday)

Richard Austin’s Animal Magic

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THE top part of the cormorant’s bill is razor sharp – and it has to be because it is responsibl­e for gripping on to all sorts of slippery prey such as flounders and eels.

This cormorant got lucky just two metres from the shoreline with a flat fish.

He found the wriggling fish difficult to swallow but, as with most fish caught by these amazing fish catchers, they end up in the cormorant’s belly. The bird flapped his wings to shed water, and flew off to digest his catch at Lyme Regis in Dorset.

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