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Puffer Prize

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Sam Bland captured this photo in Emerald Isle Saturday of a gull with a puffer fish trapped in its beak. Bland said that the gull captured the fish in Bogue Inlet, brought it to shore and eventually deflated the puffer by repeatedly pinching it with its beak and before finally gobbling it down.
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About the Author

Sam Bland

Sam Bland spent much of his life out in the field as as a park ranger and park superintendent at the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Most of his 30 years with the division was spent at Hammocks Beach State Park near Swansboro where Sam specialized in resource management and environmental education. He also worked from 2009-18 for the North Carolina Coastal Federation, where he helped develop programs at the education center on Jones Island in the White Oak River. He is also an accomplished photographer.