“We had a very unique visitor come by the aquarium the other day, a south polar skua,” the Seaside Aquarium posted on its Facebook page recently. “This large predatory seabird remains far offshore during the summer months and returns to the edges of the Antarctic continent each year to breed. We learned that this aggressive bird feeds on baby penguins, and when not breeding, harasses other sea birds by pirating away their food.” The aquarium’s photo of the visitor is shown.
Just to give you and idea of its size, Arkive.org says the birds can weigh up to around 3.5 pounds (males are smaller), and average about 21 inches in length, with an approximate 53-inch wingspan (http://tinyurl.com/spskua).
“This big guy was found on a local beach and brought into the aquarium to be taken to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast,” the post continued. “With a little luck and some TLC, it will be returned back to the wild.”