It can happen to anyone. It all begins with a perfect beach day. Sandwiches are prepared, packed, and hauled down to the beach. The sun is hot and the water looks smooth and crystal clear. Someone innocently says, let’s go for a swim before lunch. Hats and flip flops are discarded. A big toe is tentatively dunked in for a test. The next thing you know, you’re swimming out to the sand bar, taking in the fresh, salty water and bright, glowing sun. A gorgeous sailboat cruises past. This is what life is all about, you decide.
That’s when it happens. You’re distracted by the fabulous water and surroundings. You let your guard down. The seagulls move in. They circle around the towel and beach chairs, evaluating your stash. Maybe it’s a simple brown paper bag. Perhaps it’s a soft cooler with the zipper partially unzipped. They’ve done this a million times. It just takes a few minutes of distraction. They can sense when the time is right. The predators lunge forward, grabbing a saran wrapped turkey, lettuce and tomato on Portuguese bread, or perhaps a ham and swiss on an herb roll. Heck, I’ve witnessed one of these nasty poachers fly off with a metallic Capri Sun.
Your lunch has been stolen practically from right under your nose. Beware of these bandits. They’re lurking around every beach plum and sand dune, waiting for just the right moment to pounce. That moment when you’re in the water having the time of your life. Take my advice. Keep your lunch under lock and key or at the very least, pile some heavy towels and bags on top of it before heading in for a quick dunk. Use a sturdy cooler. And bring some cash, in case the seagull gets away, red handed. You may end up needing to buy a hotdog.