"The story of a smart Seagull - part 1" Top 5 Page for this destination Inverness Favorite Tip by daarth

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  King of the locks
by daarth

Favorite thing: At the Muirtown Locks we entered the first of 4 locks. As we tied up and waited for the water to rise, I noticed a rather large seagull sitting on the left edge near the next lock. “That’s interesting,” I thought, “He’s watching the water rise too….”. As the next gate opened and we started moving forward into the next basin, the bird flew up and settled at the same spot in front of the next lock.
After we tied up there, I asked the lock keeper if that seagull was employed by the British waterways. He laughed and said no, but there was an interesting story about that seagull. He explained that this particular seagull had learned that the water from the canal was rich with eels. And when the locks opened and the water came pouring into the basin, there would often be eels in the water. The seagull also made certain there was no competition by fighting off any other seagull that dared come near.

Continued in part 2
(if you enlarge the picture, you will see the seagull on the right side, waiting for his catch)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 17, 2004
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