Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/4/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Squid devours seagull; posted online, photographs become viral sensation

Amateur photographer Ginger Morneau was snapping away at the Pacific coast of Canada at Victoria's Ogden Point breakwater when she wandered upon a rare, unheard of sight; a seagull that had lit on the waters was snatched up and gobbled by a red squid. Posted online, these rare - if grisly nature photos have become a viral sensation.

Amateur photographer Ginger Morneau was snapping away at the Pacific coast of Canada at Victoria's Ogden Point breakwater when she wandered upon a rare, unheard of sight; a seagull that had lit on the waters was snatched up and gobbled by a red squid.

Amateur photographer Ginger Morneau was snapping away at the Pacific coast of Canada at Victoria's Ogden Point breakwater when she wandered upon a rare, unheard of sight; a seagull that had lit on the waters was snatched up and gobbled by a red squid.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/4/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Photographer, seagull, squid, online, viral


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - What is believed to be a Humboldt red squid and the seagull struggled with eight-armed mollusk becoming triumphant. The squid was seen to violently envelop the bird with its tentacles, drown it and then pull it to its watery grave.

Photographer Morneau was just ten feet away and managed to capture the entire brutal display.

Fascinated by the tussle, which lasted under a minute, Morneau had to fight off the urge to intervene and free the bird and watched helplessly as the fight ended in cruel defeat for the seagull.

"It was a stunning moment, to be sure," Morneau told newspaper reporters.

Morneau's husband Ken and her brother Lou Barker also bore witness to the attack. "We were strolling along and talking," Morneau continued.

"I saw the bird in the water and it looked like he was pecking at something underwater." Having not surfaced for air since the squid grabbed its head; the seagull was facing a losing battle to survive.
Quickly realizing that the bird had not come up for air, the group looked closer, but initially they thought it was an octopus.

"That was the odd part. That's what made us step forward and we realized there was an octopus," Morneau said.

Grabbing her camera, Morneau started taking pictures as the seagull's head was consumed in the squid's tentacles.

"It was apparent that it was going to lose," Morneau said.

It was a "horrible situation to watch, like a car wreck, it was so primal and gut wrenching," Morneau says. "The hair was standing up on the back of my neck."

Initially fighting with all its might to free itself, the seagull gave once last jerk before it died and was pulled under the water by the squid.

"It dropped like a stone," Morneau said.

"And then it was just gone, were shocked and awestruck, we couldn't believe what we had just seen.

"At one stage, a flock of seagulls flew overhead as their friend was dying. They were waiting, I guess, for scraps."

Morneau, her husband and brother enjoyed a lunch of calamari to toast the success of the squid.

"Then, when we came home at the end of the day, I wondered what kind of similar pictures could be out there (on the Internet) and I couldn't find a single image of an event like this," Morneau says.

"It broke barriers. It broke the element of sea and air. It broke the rules.

"It was really sad at that final moment," Morneau said to The Canadian Press. "For as wonderful nature is, nature can be deadly."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Green

More people have cell phones than access to toilets in 21st century Watch

Image of Just as vital as it is for developing countries to have food and water, there is a strident call for ending open defecation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

World Toilet Day, established by the United Nations, is intended to draw attention to the fact that much of the world doesn't have access to proper sanitation. The issue is extremely relevant, with the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. It's estimated ... continue reading


California drought so bad, more residents forced to bathe out of buckets Watch

Image of Farmers feel they are competing with environmental concerns as meager water resources are allocated. This year, many farmers and communities received nothing.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While most Americans are digging out of an early freeze thanks to the "polar vortex" phenomenon, Californians are dealing with something of the opposite. While show piles in drifts and ice forms on the Great Lakes, more and more Californians are going without water. ... continue reading


Youngest human remains in North America discovered in Alaska Watch

Image of First discovered in 2013, it's the first time the find has been detailed by University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Ben Potter.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The remains of a pair of infants near the Tanana River in Alaska has been found by an archaeology team. The discovery represents the youngest human remains ever found in northern North America. It's hoped the find offers a fresh glimpse into life in Interior ... continue reading


Is the Polar Vortex evidence of global warming? Actually, yes it is Watch

Image of Frigid arctic cold will cover most of the United States this week.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

America is about to be plunged into a deep freeze this week with the return of the dreaded "polar vortex." As many people don heavy coats and take up snow shovels, they grumble "what global warming?" It's an understandable sentiment, but it's also misplaced. The ... continue reading


Bison 'mummy' may yield secrets as to how species became extinct Watch

Image of The beast is an extinct ancestor of the modern bison that still roam the plains of North America and northern Europe.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The remains of an almost-perfectly preserved steppe bison, discovered by members of the Yukagir tribe in northern Siberia, is now being closely studied by researchers. The 9,000-year-old carcass may provide clues as to how the prehistoric animal went extinct. ... continue reading


It's time for Catholics to become an essential part of the global warming solution Watch

Image of The planet continues to warm with the past 30 years now the hottest in modern history.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United Nations is reporting that as climate warms, poverty will grow. Meanwhile, the Church reminds that any solution to global warming must comply with the social doctrine of the Church and respect all life. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the ... continue reading


The desolation of smog: Carbon emissions must be cut - and soon Watch

Image of A new report found ways to avoid dangerous global warming that are both available and affordable.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, climate change will inflict "severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts" on people and the natural world. A new report is the starkest assessment yet of man's stewardship of Planet Earth.  LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


California drought is only to get worse, scientists warn Watch

Image of The drought will impact all of the United States as California's Central Valley is the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Californians are praying for rainfall in the coming winter months. Everyone from the farmer to the well-heeled in Los Angeles, and San Francisco are praying for precipitation for relief from the sunbaked summer skies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "El ... continue reading


The mighty blue whale would be just a snack to this giant mega shark Watch

Image of The massive Megalodon shark could have preyed on baleen whales, now the largest animals in the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study from the Florida Museum of Natural History reveals that the ancient and giant shark Megalodon-which could reach sizes in upwards of 40 feet-may have preyed on early baleen whales. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The paper also suggests a new date ... continue reading


Dinosaur with freakishly big arms even more amazing than believed Watch

Image of The creature's name, Deinocheirus mirificus means unusual, horrible hands.

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Paleontologists had long been mystified by the dinosaur known as "deinocheirus mirificus." Since the 1960s, only the huge arms of the prehistoric thunder lizard had been discovered. As more bits and pieces of the dinosaur have been brought to light, it appears ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 20:1-4, 11--21:2
1 Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:29-33
29 And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 28th, 2014 Image

St. Catherine Laboure
November 28: St. Catherine Laboure, virgin, was born on May 2, 1806. At an ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter