Toby Burnham- The Seagull Whisperer

So yesterday this Homie was on the roof of Toby Burnham’s lobster boat The Jupiter II with a striper plug with it’s treble hooks stuck in its leg and abdomen.  it was stuck hobbling around and in obvious pain.

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Toby was inside the cabin oblivious to the condition of the seagull and when he popped his head out the seagull flew off the roof of the boat and onto the roof of our dock here at Captain Joe and Sons.

Toby grabbed a piece of herring and lured the injured seagull back down off the roof of the dock and just as the seagull got within striking range he snatched it by the tail and held it by it’s neck.


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Then grabbing a pair of metal cutters he snipped the treble hooks to remove them from the feet and abdomen without tearing the belly out of the seagull.

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Moments later he was on the deck eating a piece of fish scraps Toby fed him.

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A job well done just a week after his 50th birthday.

Nice work Toby!

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Nice work Toby!


29 thoughts on “Toby Burnham- The Seagull Whisperer

  1. Homie Love! Thanks Toby!! You warmed our hearts and momentarily stopped us from biting our fingernails on Election night. If you’re this good at just a week past 50 who knows what your future will bring;)


  2. The answer to why so many people world-wide tune into GMG. Awesome story, great documentation, and a fabulous character. Joey’s eye for what’s interesting is unerring.
    Paul in Cambridge


  3. Awww…It always breakes my heart when I see a Hommie with netting or hooks …Nicely done, looks like we know who to call now….Toby the Hommie Whisperer


  4. What a wonderful story; not only did he save homie’s life, but he fed him too. One lucky seagull to have landed on Toby’s boat, or maybe Toby’s reputation as a friend is well known in the seagull population and he landed there intentionally.


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