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To be completely creeped out by Cormorants

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LadyFlumpalot Wed 17-Aug-11 12:36:32

These things.

I read a story years ago about a lighthouse that was manned by a crew of three. After the 3 month shift was over the next crew rowed out to relieve them. They found the lighthouse empty - Marie Celeste empty. Half eaten meals and papers half finished. No signs of a struggle. There were however 3 hulking great cormorants hanging about.

The crew reported it and settled in for their shift...

3 months later the next crew rowed out - and found the lighthouse empty. They looked around but apart from the signs that everyone had left in the hurry the only other unusual thing they saw was 6 great black cormorants eyeing them up...

Ever since I read this I cannot stand cormaorants, they do just look too human! Please tell me I am not BU and other people find them creepy too...?

HairyGrotter Wed 17-Aug-11 12:38:57

It's a bird...YABU

They don't disturb me overly....but have you seen the Transforming Owl?

Because that freaks me out.

AuntieMonica Wed 17-Aug-11 12:41:10

<runs away from scary owls>


LadyFlumpalot Wed 17-Aug-11 12:42:33

Chickens - That has got to be the scariest (yet weirdly funny) bird I have ever seen.

Isn't it sinister? Imagine you were walking through the woods, and see a pretty owl....and then it goes all demon owl on your arse <shudder>

HairyGrotter Wed 17-Aug-11 12:43:53

That owl is IMMENSE...I love owls

LadyFlumpalot Wed 17-Aug-11 12:45:28

MNHQ - Please please please can you change the title of this thread to include "and the Transforming Owl"?

Thank you in advance you lovely lovely bunch of ladies!

AuntieMonica Wed 17-Aug-11 12:47:00


YANBU to be creeped out by cormorants. not at all. i am creeped out by crows/ravens/rooks too.

<shudders at large birds who eat other birds. or fish>

This bird looks like an actual bollock

<shuffles awkwardly at killing the thread with a flying testicle>

MissPenteuth Wed 17-Aug-11 13:19:47

I'm not creeped out by cormorants. But I am peculiarly perturbed by pelicans.

That transforming owl reminds me of the dinosaurs that ruffle up their neck-folds and spit deadly black goo in Jurassic Park.

LadyFlumpalot Wed 17-Aug-11 14:23:35

To be fair chickens - really, what more is there to say? Transforming owls and baldy bollock birds...

But do you feel better about the cormorants, Lady? At least they don't look like flying genitals.

RevoltingPeasant Wed 17-Aug-11 14:27:08

YABU I love cormorants. Get them regularly here (darkest coastal Devon). Shags on the other hand have really furious faces.....

ClaireDeLoon Wed 17-Aug-11 14:27:45

If you're creeped out by Cormorants how do you feel about Shags?

AuntieMonica Wed 17-Aug-11 14:28:54

i'm rather fond of shags

<snigger at Shags>

YouDoTheMath Wed 17-Aug-11 15:22:43

I get what you mean about the cormorants. They hang out at a particular part of the Thames that I frequent, perched on this island in the middle of the river flapping their wings for no apparent reason [shudder]

Chickens that thing is frickin' scary.

For the record I am mostly scared of turkeys.

Any bird that's smaller than a human being but isn't scared enough not to give chase is DANGEROUS.

Sandalwood Wed 17-Aug-11 15:30:26

A cormorant did scare me once. I was sitting on a peaceful riverbank and one burst out of the water just 3 or 4 feet away from me - and it screamed at me as much as I was screaming at it.

ClaireDeLoon Wed 17-Aug-11 15:32:13

I think they're a bit prehistoric looking, especially when they hold their wings out and just sit like that.

southeastastra Wed 17-Aug-11 15:35:15

ooh i remember the lighthouse story! i thought the answer was that they all went out in a storm and all got washed out to sea.

I thought the lighthouse story was implying that the workers became cormorants <reads too much Stephen King>

ClaireDeLoon Wed 17-Aug-11 15:40:52

I assumed they'd all become Cormorants too. Bewitched by some evil Cormorant Fairy.

LittleWhiteWolf Wed 17-Aug-11 15:41:30

Thats one freakily hilarious Owl! What kind is it?

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