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DID YOU KNOW? Interesting Facts about Seagulls
DID YOU KNOW? Interesting Facts about Seagulls

Interesting Facts about Seagulls

 Our 3rd Grade Scientists shared some interesting facts about our mascot, the Seagull, at La Mesa Friday Flag.  

  • Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes which are specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in their bill.
  • Many seagulls have learned to conserve energy by hovering over bridges in order to absorb rising heat from paved roadways.
  • Seagulls are very clever! They learn, remember and even pass on behaviors, such as stamping their feet in a group to imitate rainfall and trick earthworms to come to the surface.
  • A small claw halfway up their lower leg enables them to sit and roost on high ledges without being blown off. 
  • Seagulls are attentive and caring parents. A male and female pair for life, taking turns incubating their eggs, and feeding and protecting their baby chicks. 
  • In Native American symbolism, the seagull represents a carefree attitude, versatility and freedom.