The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight.
Special lower eyelids slide up to protect pelicans’ peepers underwater.
A flexible, bucket-like lower bill can scoop up fish lickety-split!
Big webbed feet make for powerful propulsion.
Quick and streamlined, shad can scatter fast and even leap clear of the water to escape chase.
Gizzard shad travel in large, constantly moving schools, a habit that helps individuals survive. It’s hard to pick a single shad out of a crowd.
The white pelican gets its game, but not all of it. Some shad live to breed, eat plankton, and feed a host of other hungry hunters above and below the waterline.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill