A Kelp Gull, aka the Bird That Feeds on Live Whales | Stock Image Gallery

Kelp Gull

Catching with more birds today – this is a Kelp Gull that kept us company as our boat crossed Lago Frias in Nahuel Huapi National Park, west of Bariloche, Argentina.

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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Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull

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Photos taken on 08-Mar-2013
Updated on 09-Dec-2014

 

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