Shearwater Boats

The Great Shearwater -

In the case of the tubenoses, the salt-removal gland is connected to the prominent tubular nostrils where the salty liquid is excreted, or oozes out. Many oceanic and brackish-water birds ingest large amounts of salt that their kidneys alone cannot filter out, and they have special glands in the front of their skulls designed to remove excessive salt from their blood. Tubenoses are a group of pelagic birds that include the albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, and they are named for the unusual and prominent paired tubular nostrils located on the aft end of their upper bill. Source:

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The hydrofoils that used to operate between Southampton and Cowes. [?]
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M. V. Shearwater, Long Beach Harbor
File name: 06_10_010215 Title: M. V. Shearwater, Long Beach Harbor Date issued: 1930 - 1945 (approximate) Physical description: 1 print (postcard) : linen texture, color ; 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. Genre: Postcards Subject:...
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