Larus dominicanus, aka Dominican Gulls –yes, as in the Order of friars whose black and white habits resemble the birds’ plumage– occur widely in the southern hemisphere. In Argentina they’ve been observed feeding on live whales using their extraordinarily powerful beak to peck down several centimeters into the skin and blubber. Open sores on whales up to half a meter in diameter have been discovered.
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Updated on 09-Dec-2014