Bunker Bomb

The Ins-gannet-y continues.
The Ins-gannet-y continues, albeit in the rain, with an estimated 600 skabillion to 900 kabillion Northern Gannet dive-bombing the surf around LBI.
The Incomparable Jay Mann asked today if I saw what they were eating. In the brutal South Winds recently, they did not appear to be catching much.
The Incomparable Jay Mann asked today if I saw what they were eating. In the brutal South Winds recently, they have not appeared to be catching too much. Looked like Slim Pickins.
Jay noted that didn't add up. It is unusual for Gannet to working the surf so close to shore. Jay has been predicting an imminent Bunbker Biomass Explosion based on the power-conservation methods put in place for the oily monsters.
Jay noted that didn’t add up. It is unusual for Gannet to be working the surf so close to shore, and early for Bunker. But Jay has been predicting an imminent Bunker Biomass Explosion based on the power-conservation methods put in place for the oily monsters and says that all traditional Spring Migration time tables are out-the-window.
Since I, like many, basically learned everything I know about the Ocean from reading Jay Mann's Blog, I figured I'd better go check. It took about 30 seconds to recognized the distinct aroma of freshly mauled Bunker, and the bloody mess on the Beach as packs of Seagulls fought each other for scraps of fresh Menhaden.
Since I, like many, basically learned everything I know about the Ocean from reading Jay Mann’s Blog, I figured I’d better go check. It took about 30 seconds to recognize the distinct aroma of freshly mauled Bunker, and notice the bloody mess on the Beach as packs of Black Back & Herring Gulls fought each other for scraps of fresh Menhaden.
Even the young ins were just picking them out of the Surf.
Even the young-ins were just picking them out of the Surf.
Impact! Bunker fuels most of the cool things you'll see in the Ocean from the comfort of your Beach Chair. Osprey, Dolphin, Humpback Whales, and of course, dive-bombing Gannet,  put on quite a show when mobs of Bunker get balled up nearshore,
Impact! Bunker fuels most of the cool things you’ll see in the Ocean from the comfort of your Beach Chair. Osprey, Dolphin, Humpback Whales, and of course, dive-bombing Gannet, put on quite a show when mobs of Bunker get balled up nearshore. Here’s hoping forĀ a stinky, oily, Bunker Fueled Summer.

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    1. Like a dirty buffet on a Saturday Night. There are fish parts all over the floor, and no joke, the beach was stained with blood.

  1. The blood dripping off the fish is a nice touch! Great pictures and narration as always.

    But seriously, though. How many gannets did you see?

    1. 500 ker-blillion, maybe? The amazing thing is that they just keep coming, for hours, in a non stop highway. At one point I stood back on the dune, looking down a narrow path and tapped my foot and counted. In 60 seconds I counted 82 Gannet pass through my narrow window, all going in one direction. That is more than a Gannet per second! Maybe that’s how we need to asses the multitude: GPS, Gannet Per Second.

      1. Wow, over a gannet per second! Craziness! The only time I get to see a gannet is when they are sick and wash up on the beach. Then I get the call to pick them up and transport them to a bird rehab facility. They are spectacularly beautiful birds! You are so lucky to have witnessed this migration!

    1. For clarity, the young in’ is a young in’ Herring Gull, not a Gannet. But there were plenty of jury Gannet too and I hope to post some photos soon,

  2. So glad “smell-o-vision” with blog is not yet reality! If you want to pet a gannet, why not stick your hand out your window as they are zooming by, heading to bunker buffet? Bet the gannets would not even mind…or notice?

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