Monday, October 25, 2010

Something Strange at the Beach

Today we stopped to look at the ocean, as we often do, just south of the Redondo Beach Pier. Out in the deep water, we saw a flock of gulls repeatedly diving at something in the water. Richie grabbed the binoculars and reported that it was a dolphin!

Was the dolphin injured? Were the birds eating parasites off of its skin? What was going on?

Came home and went to Google and the information wasn't there. Some varieties of orca (killer whales) eat fish, regurgitate it to the ocean surface and when the seagulls (which will eat anything) arrive for lunch, the orca eats the bird.

But the bird population remained steady at the site we were watching. What was going on? If you are familiar with the habits of seagulls and dolphins, Inquiring Minds want to know!

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