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The Gannet is a big, elegant and dramatic seabird found only on the coast of the UK with one of the biggest colonies of Gannets being found at RSPB Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington, Yorkshire.  Gannets hunt for fish by diving into the sea from a height of 100ft and at speeds of more than 60mph, going after their prey underwater.  Mainly white with black wing tips, creamy-yellow head, black patch around blue eyes and a silver beak, the Gannet is related to the Blue-footed Booby which is found in the Gulf of California and the Galapagos Islands.

Length: 85-89cm (34-35in)

Wingspan: 1.65-1.8m (5½-6ft)

Weight: 2.8-3.2kg (6¼-7lb)

Average Life: 16-20 years

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