Bird live matter! The beautiful beaches of the Florida gulf coast are home to a wide variety of shore birds including: pelicans, seagulls, ospreys and many more. Unfortunately, its all too common to see fishing line wrapped around a bird's neck, feet, or hanging from its beak. 

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It was one such bird that happened to catch the eye of a local bird hero, Jonathan Shuman. Jonathan had frequently visited these beaches as a local resident of Ruskin, Florida. He takes his family to the beach to enjoy the waves and sun. On this day, Jonathan noticed a long mono-filament fishing line hanging from the beak of a small gull. Its likely that this poor bird found the abandoned or lost fishing hook and line and consumed the hook. The remaining line hung precariously from its beak. Johnathan lured the gull in with a handful of seaweed and used his ninja like reflexes to carefully and quickly snatch the bird out of mid flight.

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Planet Love Life co-founder, Brittany Webster, jumped into action and began assisting Jonathan in the attempted extraction of the line and hook. The duo worked to cut and remove the fishing line from the birds beak. Unfortunately the hook was deep inside the gull's belly and couldn't be removed but the hanging fishing line with leader was removed from the bird, allowing it a better chance at survival and life. 

planet love life bird rescuePlanet Love Life recognizes the heroic actions and initiative taken by Jonathan Shuman for his deed. It is people like him who inspire others to make a positive impact on the planet. In the wake of the disturbing and unprovoked violent actions against Pinky, Busch Garden's resident flamingo it is important to remember that all lives do matter, including the birds. 

Please do not attempt to catch a wild animal if you see that it is injured or tangled in fishing line. And, if you see any crime against wildlife please contact the FWC. You may be eligible for a reward!

By: Rob Webster, Planet Love Life Co-Founder,,

Photos By: Olivia Raney

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Wildlife Alert:
Report incidents online or call 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922). Cellular phone users can also call *FWC or #FWC, or send a text to




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