The Fulmar Triathlon

Fulmars are one of my favourite birds. All animals have some sort of compromise in their bodies because of the range of functions they have to fulfil and Fulmars seem to compromise just like others. Fulmars have to compete in the triathlon of walking, swimming and flying. A Fulmar’s weakest triathlon event is definitely walking. With legs too far back for efficient walking, they are ungainly and awkward on land. They are beautiful, but out of their element on Earth.

Sitting Fulmar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Fulmar’s second best triathlon event is swimming. They have large feet with fully webbed toes and can make powerful strokes to propel themselves.

Swimming Fulmar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are very confident on the sea.

Their strongest triathlon event is definitely flying.

Flying Fulmar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fulmars are complete masters of the skies and live to cruise the wind.

Flying Fulmar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Earth, wind and water, Fulmars live in and on them all, but the wind is their true calling.

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