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Old 06-29-2008, 06:04 PM
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Can you eat "Seagull"?

I heard that someone went camping on the beach, and for dinner they decided to shoot and kill a seagull. They roasted it on a fire and they liked it, and then proceeded to get violently "i'm going to die" ill for 3 days.

So anybody know the edibility factor of seagulls? Are they really inedible, if so why? Or is it just ones by human-populated beaches that have eaten weird things (fast food leftovers, etc?)?
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:17 PM
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Gulls are certainly edible, and at one time were regularly eaten in various places in Europe. It's possible that, depending on diet, they may sometimes have a fishy taste.

Gulls, being at the top of the food chain, could accumulate toxins in their flesh. However, this is unlikely to be the explanation for the illness you heard about. If the gull had been feeding on carrion or other waste, they might have gotten bacteria on their hands in handling or preparing it, and this could have been the source of the illness rather than the gull meat itself.

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Old 06-29-2008, 06:25 PM
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So anybody know the edibility factor of seagulls? Are they really inedible, if so why? Or is it just ones by human-populated beaches that have eaten weird things (fast food leftovers, etc?)?
I suspect this is an urban legend. I might try snopes on this one first.

There are organisms which concentrate toxins, most notably shellfish, which concentrate the toxins produced by dinoflagellates, to the point that a bit of shellfish the size of a matchhead can be deadly.

The other possibility is that the group in question may have had issues with plucking, cleaning and cooking a seagull, unless they commonly dress wild game, so common-or-garden variety food poisoning may be the answer, rather than a seagull-specific issue.

PS: Incidentally, this
thread, while not directly germane to the issue of eating seagulls,
may be relevant to scrambledeggs, the poster of the OP, if she or he is reading.
Sorry if this is a highjack, I was actually interested in the seagull question, and thought I would add the heads-up as well.
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:43 PM
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If it is edible ...

What flavor is it?
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:52 PM
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I have always heard that if you put a seagull and a brick into the oven together, after three hours the brick will be more tender and tastier than the gull.
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:59 PM
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At times it was illegal to consume shore birds, like the gulls. There is the tale of the butcher in Germany who made sausage from various birds he killed. Eventually the police showed up and had him arrested. He was charged with taking a tern for the wurst.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:22 PM
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What flavor is it?
Sort of a cross between passenger pigeon and dodo.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:32 PM
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Sort of a cross between passenger pigeon and dodo.
Ah, pido. Just like Mother used to make.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:01 PM
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If it is edible ...

What flavor is it?
Tastes like chicken, of course.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:50 PM
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If it is edible ...

What flavor is it?
Albatross. Like the ice cream.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:55 PM
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At times it was illegal to consume shore birds, like the gulls. There is the tale of the butcher in Germany who made sausage from various birds he killed. Eventually the police showed up and had him arrested. He was charged with taking a tern for the wurst.


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Old 06-29-2008, 09:57 PM
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Albatross.
Do you get wafers with it?
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:01 PM
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Do you get wafers with it?
'Course you don't get bloody wafers with it.
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:04 PM
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Well, there are people who eat rats, so gulls wouldn't be much different.
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:05 PM
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'Course you don't get bloody wafers with it.
I'll have two, please.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:40 AM
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Muttonbirds are seabirds that are caught for food. Not bad, but pretty oily.

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Old 06-30-2008, 05:31 AM
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Puffins are a delicacy in Iceland, and were also eaten in the Hebrides of Scotland. They're not gulls, strictly speaking, but they are seabirds that live on fish.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:16 AM
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When and why did it officially become "gull?" (Sorry for the hijack)
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:21 AM
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Puffins are a delicacy in Iceland, and were also eaten in the Hebrides of Scotland. They're not gulls, strictly speaking, but they are seabirds that live on fish.

Puffins might not be so bad, but I saw Bourdain's show on Iceland (also Globe Trekker's), and let's just say that a lot of things considered delicacies in Iceland would be considered more effective than Ipecac for the rest of us.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:55 AM
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When and why did it officially become "gull?" (Sorry for the hijack)
Gulls are a family of birds. Seagull is a common (non-scientific) name that is used to cover a range of birds. It's not specific to any particular species.
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:16 AM
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If by "Seagull" you mean raw sewage, than no, it's not edible and it would likely cause you to become violently ill.

But if by "Seagull" you mean seagull, than there's no reason for the quotation marks.
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:55 AM
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If it is edible ...

What flavor is it?
It's bleedin' seabird flavor, innit? ALBATROSS!
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:07 AM
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I have actually eaten seagull, roasted on hot coals, without any post-meal discomfort and enjoying the culinary experience. Meat is meat, after thorough cooking, IME (maybe 20 different kinds of meat under my belt, incl. fox, crow, squirrel, larvae, viper etc.)
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:42 AM
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If by "Seagull" you mean raw sewage, than no, it's not edible and it would likely cause you to become violently ill.

But if by "Seagull" you mean seagull, than there's no reason for the quotation marks.
The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:05 PM
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Thanks for posting that. It was "really interesting."
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:36 PM
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If it is edible ...

What flavor is it?
Gullible.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:43 PM
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I don't think this seabird is meant to be eaten. It's not that kind of gull.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:48 PM
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How about some albatross?
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:21 PM
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How about some albatross?
Better yet! http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z_u7VGiMO0U
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:22 PM
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Thanks for posting that. It was "really interesting."

I put the quote marks on "Seagull" because it wasn't a species -- probably I should not have since it was grammatically unnecessary.

Also, in general, you can't use bold or italics in the title of the thread, so quotation marks are an alternative way of showing emphasis.

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Old 07-03-2008, 02:35 PM
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I put the quote marks on "Seagull" because it wasn't a species -- probably I should not have since it was grammatically unnecessary.

Also, in general, you can't use bold or italics in the title of the thread, so quotation marks are an alternative way of showing emphasis.
Are you at all curious if scrambled seagull eggs are edible?
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