The Socotra cormorant is both endemic to the region and thus a vulnerable species, but also due to excessive habitat loss due to human activities.

It’s very different in behavior to other cormorant species in that it hunts in flocks! It’s a marvelous spectacle to see the moving blackness against the bright sands of the beaches, or as here against the ocean.

One day I hope to return to see them when they are nesting.