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The Gannet is a large seabird found in the [[Atlantic Ocean]]. It is three feet long and mostly white, with a yellow head and blue eyes; they can take four years to reach their full adult [[plumage]].
Gannets have no nostrils, because they dive into the sea from a great height, and this design protects their brains from damage from the pressure of the water[http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Auk/v054n03/p0379-p0381.pdf]
They nest in large groups on cliff ledges and small islands on the coasts of [[Europe]] and [[Canada]], although it is most common in the [[British Isles]]. They spend the winter at sea as far south as [[Mexico]], the [[Caribbean]] and [[Africa]]. They are also occasional visitors to the [[Great Lakes]]. In the tropics their closest relatives are the [[booby|boobies]].
Gannets catch [[fish]] by diving into the sea at them from a great height, and their legendary capacity to eat a lot of fish has made the gannet an emblem of [[greed]].