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Ivory Gull

Ivory Gull
(Pagophila eburnea)

An uncommon visitor from the far north, this pure white gull breeds on Somerset & Ellesmere island in the Canadian Arctic and scavenges after the kills of polar bears and sealers. This one was caught feasting on ice grains stained with seal blood on a ice ledge in Western Arm. By coincidence at the same location near the mouth of a brook where an enormous Giant Squid temporarily stranded during low tide in Nov. 1990. Heralded as unwitnessed in the modern era, the squids have a long history off our shores and may well have been the sea monster-devil of Beothuck legend, ...but thats another story.



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