Long before anyone started writing stuff down or passing along verbal stories, cormorants were flapping around checking things out. They spent a lot of time floating in water until one day, Aegaeon hit a tree. He grabbed onto a branch with his webbed feet and hung there upside down. After a few minutes, Aegaeon thought, "You know what? I can see much more from here than the water!" So, from that day forward, cormorants started hanging out in the trees.