/ How foul does fulmar/petrel vomit smell?
>what exactly does it smell like?
>Is it any worse than human vomit?
Yes, although generally on a smaller scale.
>Can you wash it out easily?
>How bad is it?
I was able to wash it off my coat the next day.
Hmmm, so its not all that bad then..
Very unpleasant, but not the worst thing I've ever smelt.
It washed off my vapour rise remarkably easily, given all I'd heard. 2 washes and a few hours on the line and it was as good as new.
The smell does not come out of cotton - multiple washes and leaving a top outside for a month did not get rid of the smell.
Fulmars aren't exactly rare up north, and it's quite easy to piss one off to the point where it will vom on you. Find the easiest Scottish sea stack you can, climb it in the spring and you have a good chance of finding out.
It smells like cod liver oil. I quite like it in a weird sort of a way. But it takes ages to wash it out. It isn't vomit, as in stomach contents, but a special liquid that they produce especially for defensive purposes and to use for food on very long flights. It is deadly to birds as it causes their feathers to mat, and for mammals it means that it becomes hard for them to hunt, because they stink!
The adults also give the oil to the chicks, so that they have something to eat while the adults are away, which is why the chicks can spew so much of the darn stuff all over you!
There is a really good description from a couple of well known victims of fulmar vomit on the 'Long Hope' DVD
I couldn't get rid of the smell from a Berghaus fleece after 4 consecutive cycles through the washing machine. It is evil. Mind you that was a long time ago when washing chemicals were probably not as effective as today's but hey-ho.
The Long Hope DVD? I don't believe I've heard of it. Care to summarize their descriptions?
I can confirm that the taste sticks around for 45 mins, and the taste is just what you expect from the smell. I was a little disappointed it wasn't worse.
It's orangy oily and comes at you in quite small globules, somewhere sprayed.
> There is a really good description from a couple of well known victims of fulmar vomit on the 'Long Hope' DVD
I was a bit disappointed there wasn't actually footage of this!
If soon - it won't really be much of an issue as the birds will mostly be back at sea and the chicks will have flown.
Still can't quite picture the smell.
Is there good actual footage of it anywhere? o_O.
Oh, and what exactly makes it worse than human vomit?
Not that I know of.
Hmm, ok. Still trying to picture what exactly it smells/feels like
It's really nothing to worry about - just wear old clothes! Pity you've left it a bit late but maybe you can still find a cliff to abseil past one?
He or she has no interest in finding out first hand. This thread has been appearing every year or so since at least 2010. New account, randomish username with lots of high letters & similar wording in every case.
Note the complete absence of variety in the subject lines.
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