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Northern Fulmar Is Sea Bird That Eats Offal And Spits A Bad-Smelling Oil


I recently read some interesting information about a sea bird called the Northern Fulmar. (Photo above.)

I read it in a book called Animal–The Definitive Visual Guide To The World’s Wildlife. It is by the Smithsonian Institute and DK Publishing.

Here is what the book says about this sea bird—

The fulmar is a common bird of northern waters, flying on characteristic stiff, straight wings. Its numbers have increased dramatically in the past 200 years, particularly in the temperate waters of the North Atlantic, possibly due to the increase in offal available from trawlers gutting fishes at sea….It lays it’s egg in a barely lined hollow on an earthy or grassy ledge….the adults go off in search of food once the chick is about two weeks old. If threatened, the youngster defends itself by vigorously spitting an unpleasant-smelling oil.  

I’d like to see a Fulmar chick spit that oil at some creature or some person.

Here is more information on Fulmars. 

Here are words related the word offal from the hyperdictionary.

  bilge, bilgewater, bones, carrion, chaff, culm, deadwood, debris, dishwater, ditchwater, draff, dregs, dust, filings, garbage, gash, hogwash, husks, junk, leavings, lees, litter, offscourings, orts, parings, potsherds, rags, raspings, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scourings, scrap iron, scraps, scum, scurf, sewage, sewerage, shards, shavings, slack, slag, slop, slops, slough, stubble, sweepings, swill, tares, trash, wastage, waste, waste matter, wastepaper, weeds

Please click here for other Texas Liberal posts on Sea Life. 

(Below is a fishing boat called the Che Guevara.)

February 12, 2008 - Posted by | Books, Sea Life | , , , ,


  1. Your post brings to mind the great Charles Olson poem, “The Kingfishers.”

    -The complete poem is available here:

    Click to access olson-kingfishers.pdf

    -A Brief Olson bio can be found here, at Poets.org:


    -Finally, a blog on Olson’s poetry and poetics, edited by the poets Michael Kelleher and Ammiel Alcalay:


    Comment by Jeff | February 12, 2008

  2. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 13, 2008

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