There is no shoreline, no ocean breeze, no coastline nor sandy beach which gulls, or seagulls as they are more commonly known, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and every continent and ocean and sea in between, do not call home. In fact, gulls also inhabit numerous inland lakes and seas around the world. There are some sixty gull species, a number complicated by their tendency to interbreed and produce numerous hybrids. Gulls range in size from 120g (4.2 oz.) to 1.75 kilos (3.8 pounds) and in length form 29 cm (11.5 inches) to 76 cm (30 inches), and wingspans of 60 cm (24 inches) to 172 cm (68 inches).
For the rest of us, the seagull is a stout, web-footed and pearl-grey bird, sometimes obnoxious, that populates beaches and harbours and unashamedly begs for scraps, and is not above stealing them. They're plenty smart enough to feed themselves by carrying mussels and clams high in the air and releasing them to drop and smash open on rocks and pavement. The juicy meat inside the mollusc is well worth the trouble. Agile on either water or land, the gull will eat almost anything dead or alive, from marine life to field mice and insects as well. Garbage is gratefully devoured.
Below you will find a gallery of inspirational images that will help you in your quest of creating the perfect seagull tattoo.