Seabird Tattoos Howell MI
Seabird, Seagull & Albatross Tattoos - There is no shoreline, no ocean breeze, no coastline nor sandy beach which gulls, or seagulls as they are more commonly known, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and every continent and ocean and sea in between, do not call home. In fact, gulls also inhabit numerous inland lakes and seas around the world. There are some sixty gull species, a number complicated by their tendency to interbreed and produce numerous hybrids. Gulls range in size from 120g (4.2 oz.) to 1.75 kilos (3.8 pounds) and in length form 29 cm (11.5 inches) to 76 cm (30 inches), and wingspans of 60 cm (24 inches) to 172 cm (68 inches). Gulls are most closely related to terns, and distantly related to other seabirds such as auks, skimmers and waders. The albatross is frequently mistaken for a gull, but is an entirely different genus of bird, with twenty-one recognized species, and the albatross is closely related to petrels.
The albatross is the largest of the seabirds, the largest reaching sizes of up to 8 kilos ( 17.6 pounds) and wing-spans exceeding 3.4 meters (11 feet) It is also the most long-lived, with birds recorded reaching eighty years of age, although fifty is more common. Unlike gulls which rarely venture far out to sea, the albatross and petrels will fly hundreds of miles offshore, sleeping and feeding and rarely returning to land except to breed and raise their young. In fact, albatross have become such efficient gliders and they are so dependent on ocean air-currents, that powered flight along is difficult for them.
At sea, the albatross will drink seawater and has evolved the ability to excrete excess salt from its body. In calm air, the birds will often have to float on the surface until the wind picks up, and take-offs and landings are the most strenuous aspect of flight for the mighty albatross. Albatrosses are noted for their elaborate mating rituals, with males and females bobbing their heads, clacking their bills together, flapping their wings and vocalizing as if choreographed.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach's short novel (1970), did more for the gull and seabirds than any previous myth or fable since the Albatross in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rhyme (Rime) of the Ancient Mariner, and, in fact, JLS remains one of the most successful acts of literary anthropomorphism in the English canon. Jonathan the gull became a household name amongst the 'personal growth' crowd of the 1970s. Almost overnight, that shrill scavenger became the totem animal for a generation of spiritual seekers. Of course, the personality of that fictional seabird resembled a real seagull not at all, yet anyone considering a seagull tattoo should be aware that to many people, the gull summons up memories of that precocious high flyer. As a gull, Jonathon longed to be all that he could be, and his longing found expression in his pursuit of flight, but not just any kind of flying. Johnathon flew at the...