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Bald Eagles Swarm Net on Alaskan Fishing Boat

Fishermen in Dutch Harbor, Alaska – one of the world’s most abundant fishing ports – see a different side to bald eagles.

As fisherman Derrick Justice noted in this video recorded in summer 2018, some Alaskans see America’s majestic national bird as having a lot in common with a pigeon.

“Found few pigeons on deck this morning,” Justice captioned the video, which shows a group of eagles scavenging bloody meat from a fishing net.

Dutch Harbor generally hauls in more than 760 million pounds of seafood a year, local media report, and it’s a frequent location on the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch.

It has also become known in recent years for being overrun with bald eagles, Wired reported.

Local officials have said they put out signs and warnings every year to remind people to take extra caution during summer nesting season – from early June to the end of the summer – since the birds can be territorial and protective of their young, resulting in up to 10 attacks on people a year, according to reports. Credit: Derrick Justice via Storyful