A pelagic cormorant glides into the golden glow of Monterey Bay at sunrise. When not flying or diving deep for food, it perches on guano-covered rocks or the crags of cliffs. This inky seabird is a mainstay along the Pacific coast between Alaska and Baja California.
It often uses one nest for years, piling up seaweed, grass and ocean debris until the mound is five to six feet high, and also uses its own guano to solidify those materials and cement the nest to a cliff face. At the Aquarium, you can see a pelagic cormorant or a nest just off, or tucked under, our outside decks. You're also likely to see several—collectively known as a "flight" or "gulp"—when watching our live Monterey Bay Cam.