Gannet (Morus bassanus)
Size: 87 -100 cm
Population at Anda: Not breeding on the island
The gannet is the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic with a wing span of up to 2 m. Gannets are masters of diving. From 40 m above the surface, they plunge into the waves with a speed of up to 30 m/s, with their wings folded back, to catch fish. They are well adapted to perform such dive: have air sacs under their skin in their face and breast that protects them when they strike the water. In Vesterålen, there are three areas where gannets breed; one is Ulvøyholmen close to Hadsel (ca 20 nm from Stø) and two areas off Andøya.