Author: Héctor Gago Bellido


Scientific name: Phalacrocorax aristotelis


Place of photography: Cala Bóquer, Port of Pollensa


This bird, of the order of the pelicans and usually sedentary, migrates every year from the Balearic Islands in winter in search of better weather conditions and good fishing.


Its permeable plumage allows it to dive up to 30 m deep to search for prey, a practice that, until the last century, was used by fishermen from China and Japan tying ropes around their necks to obtain food.


Its droppings are highly corrosive, however, in some areas of the Pacific Ocean coasts it is used as fertilizer (with the guanay cormorant).