We all know seagulls. They’re supposed to live around the sea, but many don’t bother and live inland. This is because they want to be as close to city-based discos as possible, so they can strut their funky stuff.
Stomp, Stomp, Stomp
As you can see above, the seagull is a jive master. If it had hands instead of feathers, the beast would end each flourish with some funky jazz hands.
Anyway, as always we’re chatting total bollocks. What initially looks like a quiet little dance off with itself is down to different motives. The bird dances so to mimic rain, you see.
Seagulls stomping on grass is called, the rain dance. This mimics rain by vibration, and brings earthworms and other bugs to surface. pic.twitter.com/zaZDP610W6
— Universal-Sci (@universal_sci) April 7, 2019
And “stomp” is more appropriate here. Birds have odd spindly legs when you look closer at them, not exactly the perfect material for jive time.
But stamping is more than possible.
If you’re wondering why gulls perform this rain dance of glory, then you need not wonder no more.
It’s a baiting trick, you see. When it rains heavily, worms come to the surface – this is because they migrate, using the softer soil as a chance to get around more easily.
In 1973, Nobel Prize-winning Dutch ornithologist Nikolaas Tinbergen postulated that the gulls were smart enough to mimic the sound of rain on the ground.
By stomping away, worms often think it is raining and head to the surface. Only to be consumed by a hungry seagull.
At some point in the distant past, a seagull figured that out. Then over generations it turned into one of the birds many survival tactics.
It shows incredible intelligence and perception to be able to do so, but then it’s fairly common knowledge not that some birdos are super smart sorts.
Call to Arms
Seagulls can do other stuff as well, of course. They can fly (but that’s not overly impressive). Plus, they have a giant yellow beak with lipstick on it.
They’ve also got one of the most distinctive caws/calls in all of the animal kingdom. Hear that and it’ll likely throw up memories of your time at the seaside somewhere.
Sadly, seagulls are also pretty omnipresent in ubran environments these days. Here in Manchester, it’s common to see them loitering around bins and grabbing half empty fry cartons from some chav fresh out of a McDonald’s.
They’re so prevalent in city environments gulls are now getting pretty bold around humans.
Again, here in England it’s a regular occurrence to read a news story of one of the birds stealing some individual’s food.
There’s also the case of Sam above, who’s taken to shoplifting on a regular basis.
Well, you know… times are hard and that. But they could at least do something honorable, like busking in city centres with those crazy dance moves. That’d be gull (great)!