How do pelicans survive their 40 mph dive-bombs?

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/25/how-do-pelicans-survive-their.html

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Is a terrible limerick. It doesn’t even rhyme right.

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I wonder if they ever hit the water at just the wrong angle and just kind of… shred?

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_Jesus. _

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I understand that they are very in-efficient though.
They drop way more than they eat and have to spend much of their day fishing.

Upside, they feed a lot of other birds with their by-catch.

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A remarkable bird is a pelican
Its beak can hold more than its belly can…”
With a beak like a net
and a ‘chute, you can bet
he’ll slow down to the speed of a married man.

(That one kind of sucks, too.)

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Maybe you have to say it with a very Irish accent.

shrug

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After viewing this I want to come back as a pelican in my next life.

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I love learning new stuff.

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How do pelicans survive their 40 mph dive-bombs?

They don’t, when a pelican dives at that speed it shatters in thousands of tiny pieces and die. A new pelican emerges from the water to take the place of the recently deceased bird until his time comes to dive again to his destiny.

FACT.

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I’m told if a headline asks a question, the answer is “no” so I have to agree with the post above.

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Brown pelicans only, American White Pelicans would not survive the same.

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Well great. Just great. Guess I’ll just toss this copy of Jonathan Livingston Pelican in the trash.

“How do pelicans survive their 40 mph dive-bombs?”

Because no one has told them that they can’t?

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Get ready to groan!

A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belican.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the hellican?
-Dixon Lanier Merritt

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