Black shag (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Occasionally seen around Armers Beach Lagoon (Kaikoura Peninsula) or resting on rocks around Kaikoura Peninsula. Shags feathers are designed to absorb water (unlike the feathers of many other seabirds which repel water) to make the birds negatively buoyant. Birds can be seen sitting on rocks with their wings spread out drying their feathers. Black shags are rarely seen offshore.