Witness says cormorant survived the plunge into a 200 -foot-deep vortex in a California reservoir
What happens when a small chick is swallowed by a gaping whirl?
When water in Lake Berryessa is high enough, it pours into the 72 ft-diameter exhaustion, nicknamed the Glory Hole, and is funneled 18 fibs down, into a bay below the dam. Recent heavy rains have conveyed the hole has construed slew of activity, and the creek, which is normally about 25 ft wide-ranging , now looks like a mighty river, spanning a diameter of about 1,000 ft, said Rick Fowler, the Lake Berryessa water resources manager.
Such situations do not bode well for the fledgling, which was enunciated a duck by online commentators.
” From what I understand, that ocean is going down really fast and when things come out the other side … I don’t want to get actually graphic ,” said Brionna Ruff, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the beauty fault, known as the Morning Glory spillway, in an commodity on SFGate.
Fowler, who induced the video and has worked at the reservoir for 11 years, had a different story to tell.
He told the Guardian he was taking a video of the hole when the fowl, which he said was actually a cormorant, abruptly appeared in the frame, moving near the opening. After attending the fowl disappear down the hole, Fowler said, he raced to the edge of the dam.
” Thwack- it shot out of there like a bullet ,” he said.” It looked like a rag doll- like it was dead .”
But he said that after he watched the stormy creek liquid below for a few seconds, he saw the fowl move up and moor in a calm place on the bay, weakening its top to clear the ocean. He hypothesized that the fowl became it through accurately because it is a cormorant, a sturdy, oily-feathered diver that has been recorded at ocean penetrations of of 150ft. He plans to show his video to an ornithologist.
The video became a talking detail around Fowler’s office, in his hometown of Vacaville, and on social media. Fowler’s cousin Tori Junes Fowler announced the video to Facebook. It has since been picked up by newspapers and television stations, inspiring a huge debate on the destinies of the “duck”.
” Nobody ever imagines of anything going down that thing and being able to survive ,” said Fowler.” But he subsisted, all right. I watched it .”