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Fun Facts About Western Gulls

May 09, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Christine
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How to identify a Western Gull: Look for a white head with a dark gray back, pink legs, and yellow eyes. Size: 24 - 26 inches.  They are in the park year-round.

Fun Facts: Gulls can desalinate salt water for drinking, but prefer fresh. Did you know that "seagulls" can be found living far inland; that's why "gull" is the proper term.

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A view of the long, pointed bowsprint of the schooner THAYER that extends from the bow over the water.

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