Friday, June 30, 2006

BLUE FOOTED BOOBIES - Kodiak teenager returns from Galapagos

The Kodiak Daily asks 13 year old Gregory D’Elia about his favourite memory of a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands...
“That’s easy — it was booby day,” D’Elia said with a grin.

That might sound like a teenager’s way of getting a goofy word into print so his friends can snicker, but D’Elia is operating under the cover of science, biology in fact, ornithology to be specific.

When he describes the mating dance of the blue-footed booby, (Sula nebouxii) D’Elia spreads his fingers to imitate the bird’s webbed feet and moves his hands up and down slowly.

“You know that show, ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ — I think they’d win that automatically,” he said, calling the dance “unworldly.”
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