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Old 06 November 2006, 05:47   #1
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Seagull Incident

Has anyone had similar incidents?

We were out in our rib yesterday crusing along at 40kts when a large seagull heading towards us actually crashed into my friends head. Luckily my friend "ducked" or should that be "Seagulled" and the bird hit the top of his head instead of his face.
I dont know how the seagull felt but my mate had a severe headache for the rest of the day....
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Old 06 November 2006, 07:54   #2
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My son, then 9, was standing in up our Rib whilst we were doing about 30 knots across a mirror flat Start bay during the summer.

A seagul we disturbed flew towards us instead of away and attempted to scalp him with its wing, god only knows how it missed the A-Frame.

The seagul flew off and left my son woth a red mark on his forehead that went after a few minutes. Luckily he found it more funny than anything.

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Gull attacks are quite common. If the gull thinks you are near it's territory either food supply or nest. They always go for the head.
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It's the dive bombers you have to worry about. I thought chemical weapons were banned? Obvious where the WMD really are!!!
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This wasnt a seagull attack, the bird just wasnt looking where it was going!
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Nah Pete. There is no such thing as a seagull that is not looking where it is going.
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Haven't had a head on but I nearly ran over a shearwater once, it was gliding gracefully up the harbour about 2 feet off the water at about 20-25 knots, when it suddenly realised (when I was about six feet behind it) there was an orange boat gaining fast at about 35. I'd never seen a bird pull a turn that had contrails coming off its wingtips before but I think this one did

Ah the good old days when I had a boat that worked
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If you go up wind they don’t hear you coming and by the time they do you can 9 times out of 10 get the wee sods, outboard takes a drop in revs for a very short time prior resuming normal operation.
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They always seem to get out of my way - maybe my engine is a tad louder than a 4 stroke after all.....
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Seagull Attack?????

Pause for one moment and think of the poor seagull.........bobbing around in the water..just had his dinner....feeling a bit sleepy........looks over his shoulder and sees this huge boat comming at him at crazy speed.........Now you know why they shit themselves....Rib Attack
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