Seagull vs. Poisonous fish

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Subject: Seagull vs. Poisonous fish
From: Ákos Lumnitzer <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:20:16 +1000
Hello birders

A mate of mine from South Africa has captured a great image of a Gull
carrying a pufferfish. See link...

My question is that knowing that pufferfishes (fam. Tetraodontidae) are
poisonous for humans to consume, what effects, if any, could they have on
a bird such as a scavenging seagull that decides to ingest some of the
flesh, which could kill a person rather fast?

Any knowledgable advice or insight would be appreciated.

Thanks and regards

Ákos Lumnitzer


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