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Owl lost at sea takes a boat ride home


Two fishermen and friends captured the unexpected moment an owl landed on their fishing rod. The owl appeared disoriented after straying approximately 20 miles/ 32 kilometres out at sea. They bundled up the owl in a warm towel and headed to shore where the owl could reach land again after a long and surely exhausting journey.

YouTube video
PPV Tahoe

After a period of time, the owl is observed sitting peacefully as the man gently holds it, accompanied by the text overlay saying, “Nearly back home, my friend.” As the video concludes, the owl stands on the man’s fingers, poised for departure. Upon the man’s encouragement with a “Go,” it takes flight. The caption adds, “Farewell, buddy.” Their cheers and cries of “Free bird” resonate as the it soars away. Yet, the most heartwarming aspect of the video is how the man cradles the owl while it accompanies them. Endearingly it appears content and at ease in his hold.

How far can owls fly

In terms of distance, owls are known to travel several kilometers each night as they hunt for food and patrol their territories. However, there’s no fixed average distance that applies to all owl species, as it can be influenced by factors such as prey availability, habitat type, and the owl’s specific behavior.

It’s also important to note that not all species are strong migrators. While some may make seasonal movements to find food or suitable nesting sites, others are more sedentary and remain in their territories year-round.

Do owls fly out to sea?

It’s generally considered unusual for most owl species to fly out over open bodies of water, such as the sea. They are adapted for hunting in terrestrial environments, and their flight patterns are typically associated with woodlands, grasslands, and other terrestrial habitats where they can find their primary prey, which often includes small mammals and birds.

Flying out to sea would be atypical behavior because the sea doesn’t provide the kinds of habitats and prey that they have evolved to hunt. While some species might occasionally venture near water bodies like rivers or lakes to hunt for water-associated prey, they are not well-suited for hunting in the open ocean.

A screenshot from ppv_tahoe’s video on youtube

This encounter of an owl landing on a fishing rod 20 miles out at sea is quite unusual and likely an uncommon occurrence. It’s possible that the owl in that particular case was disoriented, exhausted, or facing some other exceptional circumstance that led it to venture so far from its typical habitat. Luckily for the poor fella he could hitch a ride back to shore in style, and whilst making two trustworthy friends.

A good deed done

If the two fishermen hadn’t found the owl 20 miles out at sea, its chances of survival would likely have been very slim. Owls are not adapted for life over open water, as their hunting and survival strategies are geared toward terrestrial environments. I’m sure the fishermen and owl alike will recount this miraculous event for life.

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