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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I know what it feels like...


On my way back from the post office this afternoon, I stopped to watch a flock of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) feeding in Bodega Harbor.  One of the pelicans looked a little funny.  Did you notice it, too?

The pelican on the far right had a piece of sea lettuce (Ulva sp.) draped over its head.  It probably just got stuck there while the pelican was fishing.  But it made me laugh because I know what it feels like to have sea lettuce on your face!  While pulling lobster traps when we were young, sometimes my sister and I would have sea lettuce "fights."  It's the perfect seaweed for it, because the thin, transparent sheets mold right to your face.

3 comments:

Annaliese Hettinger said...

HA! This is great, Jackie. A head of "sea" lettuce. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie Sones said...

Funny, Annaliese! :D

GSS said...

We have white Pelicans that spend the winter in pine island sound and ding darling-I believe they are from northern Minnesota