Seagull Behavior & Symbolism

I feel fortunate to live in an area in which wildlife exists. However, development is rapidly increasing, which in turn decreases available homes and resources for these amazing and beautiful creatures. One thing the area does seem plentiful in is birds, especially by the ocean and riverside. Seagulls are abundant, especially around fisherman and human garbage. These birds are a huge part of our ecosystem and a good method of garbage, insect, and rodent control.


Non-Breeding Adult Bonapart’s Gull – ©2020 Shannon Hart


Animal behaviors can be entertaining to watch. Lone seagulls interest me, because I wonder why they’re not in a flock. They tend to be more curious and friendly when they’re alone, and they tend to stick around and hang out for a while, especially if you talk to them or they know you have food. Seagulls typically hang out in groups and can be quite loud. I find it entertaining to give the gulls human traits and dialogue after observing them “yelling” at one another and chasing each other over food. (It seems that people tend to lump animal behaviors as human, when the fact is, it’s human behavior that mimics animals.)

Seagulls tend to have a lot going on symbolically. In his book “Animal Speak”, author Tim Andrews discusses the way seagulls communicate and the way humans can apply it to read different types of communication with subtle clues in people. Andrews also suggests that the seagull is related to the fairy realm due to the fact the bird is at the shoreline, the line between earth and sea. He further states, “This reflects the ability to teach you how to behave and work in other dimensions than that which is normal.”

Ring-Billed Gull – ©2019 Shannon Hart


According to @aviawhatsyoursign, the seagull represents breaking from your comfort zone, from tradition, and trying something new in order to live our full potential.

When we come across a seagull, it’s a reminder to ask ourselves if we’re being given a sign about something related to communication. Are we listening or being heard?

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