Eider ducks

EIDER DUCKS

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Eiders are sea-ducks that inhabit the northern coasts of Europe, America and Siberia.  Pictured here are the King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) on top and the Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) on bottom, along with a sleeping female on the left.  Eiders typically feast on crabs and mussels, which they swallow whole and crush with their strong stomach muscles.  Here we see the Eiders hanging out in the intertidal zone, where the rocks are pocked with barnacles and draped with rubbery wrackweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) and the tide pools provide plenty of food.

  In addition to ducks, mussels and starfish, this particular tide pool also features: an eel-like rock gunnel (Pholis gunnellus), a green crab (Carcius maenas) and a lumpsucker fish (Cyclopterus lumpus).  This latter fish, as its name implies, can suck onto rocks with its specially-modified pelvic fins. 

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