Bat Stars bring down a Sea Gull

Some ask, how is it possible? Can it be? Can Bat Stars really bring down a Sea Gull? I say yes - the proof is in the pudding, err, I mean the photo.

Here's one way it could have gone down. A few adventurous Bat Stars climbed up a Macrocystis stalk to the surface. We know, as divers, that they can climb up kelp occasionally. So one Bat Star, the ring leader, raises an arm above the water surface and goes "Yoo Hoo" (in his best falsetto) to the nearest Sea Gull. The gull is curious so comes over to investigate and - bam - the other Bat Stars (who were lying in ambush) jump out and grab on to the poor gull's legs. It can't take off with all that weight and it eventually succumbs and is brought to the sea floor, ready for the Bat Star feast.

It's a bit like that Monty Python documentary about sheep, if I may quote "He's that most dangerous of animals, a clever sheep. He's the ring-leader. He has realized that a sheep's life consists of standing around for a few months and then being eaten. And that's a depressing prospect for an ambitious sheep. He's patently hit on the idea of escape."

Some ask, how is it possible? Can it be? Can Bat Stars really bring down a Sea Gull? I say yes - the proof is in the pudding, err, I mean the photo.

Here's one way it could have gone down. A few adventurous Bat Stars climbed up a Macrocystis stalk to the surface. We know, as divers, that they can climb up kelp occasionally. So one Bat Star, the ring leader, raises an arm above the water surface and goes "Yoo Hoo" (in his best falsetto) to the nearest Sea Gull. The gull is curious so comes over to investigate and - bam - the other Bat Stars (who were lying in ambush) jump out and grab on to the poor gull's legs. It can't take off with all that weight and it eventually succumbs and is brought to the sea floor, ready for the Bat Star feast.

It's a bit like that Monty Python documentary about sheep, if I may quote "He's that most dangerous of animals, a clever sheep. He's the ring-leader. He has realized that a sheep's life consists of standing around for a few months and then being eaten. And that's a depressing prospect for an ambitious sheep. He's patently hit on the idea of escape."

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