Common Murre - Uria aalge
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The Common Murre is the largest living alcid. They are found in low-Arctic and boreal waters in the North-Atlantic and North Pacific. They spend most of their time at sea, only coming to land to breed on rocky cliff shores or islands. We are lucky that sometimes we can see them in the S.F. Bay Area.
Common Murres are fast but not very agile. They are more agile underwater and can dive to depths of 100-200 feet. They don't make nests but incubate a single egg on bare rock.