DID YOU KNOW? Interesting Facts about Seagulls
Posted 10/28/2016 09:26AM
DID YOU KNOW?
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.