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!


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29 Responses to Toby Burnham- The Seagull Whisperer

  1. Kim Smith says:

    Very sweet story and nice to know this about Toby. Thank you for sharing and great photos!

  2. Frank says:

    You’re a good man Toby Burnham.

  3. starsquiggle says:

    ya..nice work Toby ♥

  4. Sally plows says:

    I am thinking.. Toby is a good guy!

  5. artmusedog says:

    wow! A wonderful caring man ~ great job ~ lots of blessings to you ~ ^_^

  6. fb says:

    just like that guy that led the snakes out of ireland.. doesn’t look a day over 49. statue on the boulevard for this guy.

  7. Aaw, how sweet. I bet a vet couldn’t have done a better job.

  8. Anonymous says:

    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;)

  9. debny01930 says:

    Wow…not too many people would have done that. What an admirable guy! I’m so impressed.

  10. Paul Farrell says:

    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

  11. Sista Felicia says:

    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

  12. E.J. says:

    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.

  13. Erin says:

    What cool guy!

  14. Linda Colman says:

    That’s one lucky homie!!

  15. Alan says:

    I agree, you’re a good man Toby Burnham. Hard working, seafaring man with a heart.

  16. I need to fact check but this may take first place for GMG 2012 Good Egg of the Year Award. I will be posting that to the Good Morning Gloucester Wikipedia page in a few days to immortalize it.

  17. donna C says:

    Sweet!!! That’s all I have to say,,gotta love it!

  18. Kitty earle says:

    This is a great story. Toby you are wonderful and we are thankful for your kindness.

  19. deb clarke says:

    am not one bit surprised. all of the Burnham clan have a way with all critters, great and small. way to go Toby!

  20. PWI says:

    Nicely done cousin Toby!
    From St Augustine, FL.

  21. Amy says:

    I always knew Toby had a heart of gold!

  22. Great story and thank you

  23. Laurie says:

    Toby really is the best. Loved by man and bird alike. And quite the Old Salt!

  24. Mary Beth says:

    Always gentle, sweet and kind. Love that cousin of mine!

  25. Susan Haldt says:

    A very compassionate guy. I wish I knew this man. What a heartwarming story!

  26. Anonymous says:

    love you to pieces toby! mumruthmburnham@

  27. Such rough hands and a gentle touch. You are a true healer. Love ya, Toby!

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