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This wasn't what I expected when you invited me to dinner

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It was interesting to watch this gull eating a crayfish. He pulled off the two arms with the claws before swallowing the rest of it whole. I guess he figures it would be too dangerous to have those sharp points going down his throat. It must be like herons swallowing fish head first to make sure the spines don't tear out their throat.

 

In the shots below, you can see the crayfish with one claw still attached and with them both off, just before the gull flipped it into his mouth.

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Taken on August 16, 2012