The thick-billed murre might look like a penguin because of its black and white colors, but it’s actually not.


It is an Arctic sea bird that swims far better than it flies.


It uses its stubby wings to “fly” through the water and it is among the deepest divers of all birds, easily going to 330 feet to feed on fish, squid, and crustaceans.


The thick-billed murre doesn’t build nests. Instead, the female joins others of her species in a large, noisy colony and lays a single egg on a narrow cliff ledge. She then arranges pebbles and other debris close to the egg to keep it from falling into the ocean.


For more information about polar bears and Arctic wildlife, see the new IMAX® film “To The Arctic 3D” opening in select IMAX Theatres starting April 20, 2012. “To The Arctic 3D” is a MacGillivray Freeman Film from Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation. Presented by One World One Ocean Foundation.



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