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Brachyramphus marmoratus (Marbled Murrelet) is a species of auks in the family auks. They are listed as endangered by IUCN and as threatened by COSEWIC. They are native to United States, Pacific Ocean, The Nearctic, and the Palearctic. They are crepuscular. They have parental care (pair provides care). They rely on flight and lift powered swimming to move around.

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  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/lift_based_swimming
  • Definition: Hydrofoils, or fins, are used to push against the water to create a normal force to provide thrust, propelling the animal through water. The reduction of fin cross-sectional area helps to minimize drag, and therefore increase efficiency. Regardless of size of the animal, at any particular speed, maximum possible lift is proportional to (wing area) x (speed)<sup>2</sup>. Dolphins and whales have large, horizontal caudal hydrofoils, while many fish and sharks have vertical caudal hydrofoils.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of Marbled Murrelet. View this species on GBIF