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We get a few shells on the boat, but there is a rocky beach nearby that is much better for cracking shells, so I suspect that is where they do that. The seagulls around here are big, and they often choke down whole starfish. They then perch on spreaders and drop their gritty, purple tinted loads on the decks.

The otters are the bigger problem on the docks themselves. They climb out of the water and crap everywhere. If you are not careful they will take up residence in the cockpits of boats or on the transom under winter covers. A winter's worth of otter poop is a fine mess to clean up in Spring!

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I installed thin stainless wire about an inch above the spreaders, gulls and crows stay off them.
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Our marina strings fishing wire from tall piling on rage dock...some elevated...it’s keeps the birds from landing


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Re: Seagulls Musseling In

Seagull poop is nothing compared to cormorant poop, especially when it is dropped on your deck, sail, cover, etc. from the spreaders. The only good news with cormorants is that they don’t leave shells behind.

BTW, we had a curious situation over the past winter. A lone seagull “adopted” our floating dock, frequently resting there. Although it did have an occasional dinner at “home”, leaving the occasional clam or crab carcass, the dock stayed relatively clean, while my neighbors’ docks were relatively messy. Other seagulls did not visit. Maybe you need to adopt a pet seagull that is territorial and welcome it to your dock.
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