Bunker Bomb 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 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 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 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. 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 for a stinky, oily, Bunker Fueled Summer. Rate this:Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 15 thoughts on “Bunker Bomb” Add yours Wow. Fresh fish buffet. Reply 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. Reply You captured the drama as it played out so well! Reply Thanks! Reply 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? Reply 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. Reply 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! Reply Did you pet them? I want to pet one. love your gannets! the young-in is fabulous- all are! wow! Reply 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, Reply I look forward to them! what a spring spectacular! Reply And then when we eat the blues that have been feeding on bunker….the aroma lives on Reply Or when we get Bunker Oil in our wet suits Reply 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? Reply Like most wild animals, Gannets hate us. Even at sea, they move away when you step onto the beach! Reply Leave a Reply to Mary Lenahan Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (Address never made public) Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.