This marine species can usually be found over pelagic waters but will feed inshore or in shallow offshore waters during the breeding season. It feeds mostly on crustaceans with a heavy dependance on amphipods (particularly Themisto gaudichaudii). It can also take small fish and squid. It catches prey mainly by surface-seizing, dipping and pattering at night. Breeding starts in October in loose colonies in costal areas with soft or stony soil and low vegetation. It nests in burrows1.