Kayakers teach stranded pelican to fish

Feeding wild animals is usually the last thing you should do, but when a storm separated a young great white pelican from its flock, it ended up at a kayaking fish camp along the shores of Tanzania. The bird quickly became part of the crew.

The fishermen did their best to teach the stranded pelican how to fish, in the process keeping the young bird well fed and healthy. Of course, the way that pelican fishes is from the air, covering lots of water and using the altitude of their flight to expand their view of the hunting grounds, so the kayakers could only try and get the bird around a fishy environment as much as possible.

Since the bird was so imprinted on the camp, it did not fly away. Which is a good thing, since at one point the boys somehow attached a GoPro to the pelican’s beak. This resulted in some very cool footage, even if the ethics of it are a bit a grey.

Finally the pelican does head out to the ocean on its own…see what happens.

The young pelican was brought out on the kayak to expose it to fish in the water.
The young pelican was brought out on the kayak to expose it to fish in the water.