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The Japanese name for the boobies/gannets is カツオドリ katsuo-dori, meaning 'skipjacktuna-bird', written with the characters 鰹鳥. The name is derived from their habit of flocking above shoals of skipjack tuna (often loosely referred to in English as bonitos). The birds themselves are attracted by the chance to feast on shoals of small baitfish, which come to the surface to escape schools of larger fish, including skipjack tuna. Fisherman have learned to watch for groups of feeding seabirds which reveal where the skipjack tuna they seek may be found below.
The Japanese name has been borrowed into Chinese via its written form.