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Apr 30 2012

Death from below

You may recall that tantalizing photo of an octopus eating a seagull that I posted last month: now the whole series and the story behind them is online.

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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    What were the odds that the bird would be gulled?

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2
    Anthony K

    Is this a menu thing now? Seagull-stuffed octopus? Soctopus, like turducken? Why the hell is turducken in my autocorrect list?

  3. 3
    John Scanlon FCD

    Turducken?

    Ken Ham stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turd?

  4. 4
    Anthony K

    I know, gross right?

    Apparently it’s some sort of a thing, though.

  5. 5
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Ken Ham stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turd?

    The only things Ken Ham likes to be stuff in are piglets.

  6. 6
    Inaji

    Fantastic shots. I will forever be jealous.

  7. 7
    Trebuchet

    I’ve walked that breakwater. Must keep my eyes peeled next time.

  8. 8
    neal

    To commemorate witnessing and photographing this amazing event, Ginger, Ken and Lou went out for a calamari lunch.

    Eww.

  9. 9
    David Utidjian

    So… would the octopus eat the gull whole? Feathers and all? or just peck away at the bird with its little beak?

    Either way it must be a good catch for the octopus (lots of protein) until the all the other opportunists show up.

  10. 10
    Francisco Bacopa

    I think it’s a juvenile. Fledged and flying, but not yet mature. I don’t know about every species of gull, but the three that live around here have more brown on their wings when they are young. Adults have almost pure white wings.

    So maybe this was a youngster. Maybe most seagulls figure out how to not get eaten by an octopus as they grow up.

  11. 11
    pedantik

    Alas, I had hoped that this was actually a gull evolving into an octopus in front of a camera. Next you’ll be telling us there is no crocoduck either.

  12. 12
    stubby

    “To commemorate witnessing and photographing this amazing event, Ginger, Ken and Lou went out for a calamari lunch.”

    It’s nice to read a story that has a happy ending.

  13. 13
    Menyambal

    Thanks for posting this, PZ. I enjoyed the first round, and was hoping for follow-up. :)

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