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Old 25-09-2008, 14:00   #1
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Sea Gulls

In my many years of reading and researching cruisers and sailing forums, I have yet to read about a subject of which I am very curious. Would anyone be brave enough to admit to having consumed a sea gull. They are not an endangered specie, and I could easily bring one down with my sling shot and steel ball. I have consumed pigeon, pheasant, quail, dove and see no reason why a sea gull would be much different in taste.
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Old 25-09-2008, 14:52   #2
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You need more imagination,

Birds like other animals, are tainted by the content of their diet. That is why catfish are so muddy that they are almost impossible to consume, and why carnivores have a much stronger taste than herbivores.

what do seagulls consume - fish

personally, the thought of something looking a bit like chicken and tasting like suspect fish is not my idea of gastronomic delight.
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Old 25-09-2008, 15:20   #3
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Old 25-09-2008, 15:28   #4
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First of all, they are a protected species under the migratory bird act, meaning you cant kill them if they are not game species. Dont know who would bust you on it, but it could happen. As a hunter, I have to agree with the previous post concerning birds that eat fish. Many of them are horrible. Not sure about the muddy taste in catfish, part. Few fish, as far as I am concerned, are a good as a catfish. Maybe the ones in Norway are horrible, but in the US, they are eaten very often and have a delicate, light, flesh. Battered in corn meal and fried. mmmm. I would try to eat a sea gull, but its not high on my priority list. I would rather eat a duck or goose.
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Ditto on the catfish!
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Tell that to the folks in the Souf'
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I am with Talbot on the catfish issue. Any fish with its mouth on the bottom is, by my definition, a bottom feeder. If you like eating what's on the bottom of rivers, lakes and estuaries, save yourself the middle man and just eat what comes off the anchor chain.

As far as seagulls go - They may as well have thier mouths on their butts.

OTOH - If I was "starving" I'd eat either one. There is a reason we are at the top of the food pyramid.
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There was a guy on a 26' catalina (something like that) who got dismasted 20 miles off Los Angeles. He still had his solar panel and tv, so he watched movies all the time.

He trapped seaguls on the deck, killed them, and drank their blood. True story.
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You are what you eat...quite literally. I have seen gulls eat enough garbage to know that is not what I would want going into my body. I can't imagine how many metals and man made organics might be inside a gull.
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There are several kinds of catfish, usually the fresh water cats Blue, yellow or Channel catfish are very good eating from the wild and are also grown in aquculture farms in the south and other parts of the U.S.
The common "hardhead" salt water catfish are generally not eaten in these parts, folks say they taste bad I have tried them and found them OK but we ate them freshly caught. The saltwater Gaftopsail (long fins and whiskers) cats are good eating also.
I have never tried eating a seagull, there are lots of Vietnamese shrimpers in these parts it is rumored that they catch them on the boats and eat them, I don't know if that is true?
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They're good fried w Marie Sharp's hotsauce. Not as tastey as Manatee steak but very close. More like bald eagles...
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Spaghetti con Seagull and Piseli
(Seagull Spaghetti with Peas)
A traditional Calabrese dish, best served after a large horsemeat steak.
The recipe is enough for a family of 18.
Goto:
This Wonderful Life: Spaghetti con Seagull and Piseli
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...hes from Melbourne....Australia...pratical people...the sea gull probably contains the same amount of plastic packaging, heavy metals, preservatives, artificial coloring, non discript additives, flavour enhancer, anti biotics, protein and fat as your average super market dinner...BUT its fresh.......
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I suspect seagulls have a negative net caloric factor. You will use more energy catching, cleaning, cooking and stomach-pumping than you will gain by injestion.
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Spaghetti con Seagull and Piseli
(Seagull Spaghetti with Peas)
A traditional Calabrese dish, best served after a large horsemeat steak.
The recipe is enough for a family of 18.
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This Wonderful Life: Spaghetti con Seagull and Piseli
That was great but I would love to hear how she got the birds!
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