Cormorant’s Catch

Double-crested Cormorant (Nannopterum auritum) with ?

This Double-crested Cormorant cruised tight along the North Shore rocks, so close to the shore that at times I could not see it at all when it briefly surfaced. We played that old photography game where the bird dives and disappears the moment before the photographer has it in focus. Then, just as I reached a better vantage point, the bird surfaced with a big beakful. Before I could get a better closeup, the bird unhinged its jaws and slid its prey into its gullet. That was a matter of just a few seconds. When I got the images home, I began to wonder about the nature of the bird’s prey. It must be a fish, but in the picture below it looks like it has arms. Can readers who know their wetlife enlighten me about the cormorant’s catch?

Double-crested Cormorant (Nannopterum auritum) with ?

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