Another Scavenger

Perhaps not quite as likely to eat litter as a crow is, the seagull is still a bit of a scavenger. He’s not very choosy about what he eats. Whatever is handy (usually animal matter) on or near the beach, or  even farther out on the water, is good enough to qualify for a meal. Fish guts thrown overboard from a fishboat make a delicious smorgasbord for seagulls.

Clams, crabs, herring roe — anything that is easily available near the beach makes a tasty snack. But we should be thankful they clean up the beaches for us. Imagine the smell if they didn’t eat the dead or dying animal matter.

I was shocked to learn that they will even eat a starfish that is much too big for their stomach. I’ve borrowed this photo from Wikipedia.

On the beach where I saw the brant from the last post, this seagull was eyeing up his meal.

Apparently it was worth dipping into the water for.

Out came something long and gooey, possibly from a broken clam shell.

Now, doesn’t that look tasty?

There’s a good chance that our seagull is responsible for this crab’s lost claw and a few legs – postmortem, most likely. Too bad for the crab, but good of the seagull to clean up the beach. I’m sure he or his friends will  come back to the crab to finish off the snack later on.

After all, who can resist crab on a bed of kelp?

15 thoughts on “Another Scavenger

  1. Lori

    Apparently, they also like Churros, because they buzzed my head and grabbed it from my hand when I was at Busch Gardens in Florida one time. They also like hamburgers and French fries, which they were always trying to scavenge away from people at beach restaurants.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Oh! Well, that settles it. And here I was trying to give them more credit for not eating just anything (people scraps). Where I see them (besides on the beach) is in schoolyards, but we don’t have many beach restaurants here, so they don’t have a beach restaurant reputation up our way. I don’t like the way seagulls fly overhead looking for targets to bomb, either.

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  2. Luanne

    It almost looks good to me to eat–haha, almost! GREAT photos, Anneli! That is a shame about litter eating, though. Did you hear how whales are dying because of eating plastic?

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      That is so heartbreaking! I know the seabirds and turtles have been having problems with plastic for several years already and with the whales, probably because of their size, it is hard to ignore what’s going on. I think that by the time people all over the world are organized and care enough to ALL do something about it , it will be too late.

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        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          I know! And the immediate response is how can my small individual efforts help if most of Asia continues to pollute? But we can’t NOT do our bit. We can only hope that someday before it’s too late, they will wake up over there.

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