Comments: Feeds opportunistically on various fishes (herring, cod, capelin, pleuronectids, skates, etc.) and smaller quantities of crustaceans and molluscs (chiefly squid and octopus). In the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the average size of fishes eaten is about 18 cm. Young and adults have similar diets, though newly weaned young often eat shrimp and crabs. Fasts during breeding season. Feeds little or not at all during spring molt. Forages on the bottom at depths of up to at least 70 m.
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