Duck vs Eel?
I recently saw a cormorant at our local park. It dove pretty quickly, soon after it came up struggling with a large green eel. The thick 2' eel seemed quite determined to escape by thrashing and even wrapping around the birds neck! Still, after about 2 minutes the bird somehow opened it’s throat real wide and swallowed it down entirely... BUT the battle for life and dinner wasn't over yet! The desperate eel still was resisting and seemed to rise partly (I could see it come back out!) escaping the bird’s neck/stomach many times, only to be gulped back in. Watching the Cormorant contend with this monster was some sight! Eventually the uncomfortable cormorant swam away with what appeared to be the unfortunate prey frantically wriggling in its stomach!
Sorry to digress, my questions are as follows... So can the bird really manage to digest that huge thing bones and all and how?? Does the poor eel (it was quite a bright/pretty green color) stand any slim chance of escaping (that thrashing, biting, etc.) the hungry birds stomach or is it destined to become food at that point?!
I would think the eel’s slime acts as a protective coating and help it turn around in such stretchy/elastic surroundings too?
Thanks for all the feedback/info, have a good day!
- JimZLv 72 months ago
Yeah, they can eat an incredible amount. I saw this cormorant swallow this fish and look for more. This weekend I saw a 2 pound snowy egret swallow a fish that I could have filleted and eaten for a meal and I weigh 50 times as much as that bird. I have some koi about the size that the cormorant is eating so I do worry that one will find my pond.