Just a few weeks in the past, Winter Harbor lobsterman Jacob Knowles was out on the water when he and his crew noticed one thing transferring within the ocean. It wasn’t a creature meant to be in water, nevertheless — it was a really moist and chilly little finch, helplessly flapping about and on the verge of drowning.
Bangor Day by day Information birding columnist Bob Duchesne stated that although the little chook was definitely bedraggled, making identification troublesome, he nonetheless thinks it’s a feminine American Goldfinch.
Knowles, a fifth-generation lobsterman, fished the errant chook out of the water and introduced it aboard his boat, filming the encounter your entire time and later posting it on TikTok. The video has since exploded on the social media platform, amassing 6 million views and counting, and garnering Knowles 165,000 new followers.
Within the video, Knowles will be seen bringing the chook contained in the boat, gently putting it subsequent to the heater, and later feeding it potato chips and giving it water out of a soda bottle cap. After a short while, the chook perked up, finally perching on Knowles’ head and finger. He let it go as they reached the shore, saying goodbye to his “little buddy.”
Knowles stated within the video that when the winds flip northerly, little birds can get blown offshore and discover themselves tossed within the water, their feathers too damp to fly.
Knowles’ TikTok options many movies of his life on the water, together with his encounters with numerous animals — not like a goldfinch — that belong within the ocean, like this “gnarly” monkfish.
Knowles can also be working a contest this week to rejoice reaching greater than 100,000 followers, by which he’ll ship 5 stay lobsters to 5 winners wherever within the U.S. — aside from Hawaii — who like, remark and observe his web page.
He’s not the primary Maine lobsterman to go viral on social media. Stonington lobsterman Leroy Weed earlier this 12 months turned the star of a collection of movies produced by the Maine Middle for Coastal Fisheries. Weed’s YouTube collection, “Ask Leroy,” has garnered hundreds of views over the summer time and fall — although Weed, 79, says he doesn’t have the web and doesn’t care to, both.