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The strangest thing I saw in season 2020.

TomY

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Jun 22, 2004
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Alden 38' Challenger yawl Rockport Harbor
Sitting in the cockpit in my harbor at dusk this past season, a Loon surfaced nearby with something big in it's bill. Good divers and fishers, they have their pick of the daily catch.
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But that was no fish. Close cropping revealed it was a live lobster of at least a pound.

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Fair enough. I'd read Loons eat lobsters but I assumed slowly, ......without the shell...., like the rest of us.

Nope. He ate it shell and all. In fact, he gulped it down 'backwards', as lobsters are designed (I suppose), with spines pointing aft to prevent this direction of ingesting.

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I had no appetite for lobster that night.
 
Dec 25, 2000
4,552
Hunter Passage 42 Shelter Bay, WA
No picture to show, but have watched Seagulls ingest starfish with much difficulty. Comical to watch them paddle around with the starfish arms sticking out of their beak as they slowly gulp it down.
 
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Dec 14, 2003
1,199
Hunter 34 Lake of Two Mountains, QC, Can
No pix either but funny anyhow. Years ago I watched a cormoran come out of the water with a pretty big fish in its beak. He waited until the fish was dead, then turned it head first and ingested it. The fun part was watching it trying to take off. Now too heavy to get airborne !!! Wings going like crazy, running on the water, try as it may, it couldn't get in the air, crashing back in the water everytime. It finally understood, climbed on the rock and stayed there about 3 or 4 hours until digestion had done its job and it could fly off again. I never knew that those digestive acids work so fast !
 
Nov 21, 2007
415
Beneteau Oceanis 34 Tacoma, WA
We saw our fair share of seabird snacking, even took a couple of photos, but nothing was as strange as this...
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Nov 21, 2007
415
Beneteau Oceanis 34 Tacoma, WA
Wait... I forgot about this one, maybe not as strange, but it definitely made me a little more nervous... when this materialized coming out of the fog toward us.
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