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"However, the plastic shells are still a MARPOL issue IIRC." They're gelatin, and biodegradeable. Had to doublecheck to be sure. The ingredients are also biodegradeable, food quality dyes and all. Yeah, I know, "food don't come in those colors".
Seagulls are a problem in the US because they are federally classed as "migratory waterfowl" and Uncle Sam wants to own you if you bother them, much less harm them.
Today I sailed past a boat that had a big old gull sitting squat in the middle of the bimini top--surrounded by CD's flashing like strobe lights in the sun. Thursday I went past another one, a couple were ON THEIR BOAT trying to shoo the gull off the canvas. With the spinners and everything else, the gull just nested in where they couldn't reach.
I also used to call them flying rats until I found out that when you have a beach picnic and there's no trash basket around...you can even throw bare bones up in the air, and they'll magically vanish into gull maws. Now I think they're sometimes useful flying rats.
If it wasn't a crime, I'd suggest taking bait-sized fish, inserting razor blades or pins, and leaving them out as bait. That's the way Inuit used to hunt polar bears, with a wound-up piece of sharpened cartilage in a frozen meat snack. Bear eats the meat, meat melts, cartilage springs open and kills the bear from within. Oughta work pretty well on gulls...and birds are smart that way. Once a couple die, the others find someplace else to hang out.
But I'm gonna stay legal, I'm gonna start an IRS-recognized religion, the Brotherhood of the Most Holy and Ancient Order of Coloring Between The Lines. In the belief that the good lord had only six days and intentionally left some jobs for the faithful to complete, we're gonna have a religious mandate that requires us to color in all those obviously unfinished gray birds, including gulls.
And if the paintballs are plastic, we'll just have to recover them afterwards to meet MARPOL. Assuming the damned gulls don't just eat the paintballs, and line up to fight for more....
Specialty market for herring-flavored paintballs? Or just use a melon-baller on the cheapest fish you can find, and shoot 'em with frozen fishballs?
Last edited by hellosailor; 08-12-2006 at 07:47 PM.