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  • Jeremy Roussak
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    on: February 21, 2020 at 3:12 pm

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    Reginald Villeponteaux
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    Re: gull
    Reply #1 on: February 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Not sure why the gull is just sitting there. Just chillin’ out I suppose.

    Hard to believe anything lives and prospers in those waters.

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    Dale

    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Reply #2 on: February 25, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Actually, they’re among the most productive places on earth. Gulls, penguins, whales and much more all reliant on tiny shrimp-like krill. ? Billions of them.

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    Jeremy Roussak
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    Reply #3 on: February 25, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    This was Greenland, Mike, so the penguins were an awfully long way away; but there were certainly plenty of birds and we saw one polar bear. While I yield to almost anyone in my knowledge of nature, I think this is a greater black-backed gull, which is a scavenger and predator.

    Jeremy

    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Reply #4 on: February 26, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Oops. Definitely no penguins. Very few gulls in Antarctica either, but they do have Skua instead. Not sure where my head was at. But again, polar waters are highly prolific. On the west coast or north America Humpback whales give birth in Hawai’i and Gray whales give birth in Baja because the waters are warmer and calves can’t really maintain their body temperatures very well. But as far as food, very little. The whales essentially fast for months, then migrate north to Alaska for the summer to pig out. The same thing happens in the Atlantic, of course and the waters across from northern Canada to Norway are popular feeding grounds for whales. In seeming contrast to this, off the coast of South Africa there are cold, deep waters that rise up near the shore, as well as the confluence of three oceans, which yields tremendous amounts of food. This explains the presence of so many seals, and great white sharks. Enough biology.

    It’s hard to tell from the size of the bird in the image, but I don’t think that’s a Great Black-backed Gull. The feathers are too light, there’s no black on the wingtips and it looks like the legs are the wrong colour. You can see more here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Black-backed_Gull

    Mike.

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    Christopher Sanderson
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    Reply #5 on: February 26, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Glaucous Gull perhaps

    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Glaucous_Gull#

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