I went out on a recent trip. Not going to name any names here, but I was next to a guy that got his line tangled in a seagull. He brought it in. One of the deckhands grabbed the seagull really hard by the neck, kind of harder than he really needed to, but you know, obviously you don't want to get pecked. Since the deckhand had his hands full with the bird, I helped free the line from the bird. After I was done, I thought I'd see the deckhand throw the bird back into the air. What I saw was kinda sad. He just kinda folded the bird's neck in half and just kinda squeezed the life out of that bird and then threw it back in the water. Why? This isn't the first time I've seen either a deckhand or an angler on a sportboat try to intentionally hurt or kill a bird that got tangled up in a line instead of just handling it carefully and freeing it safely. It's just really bizarre to me. Seagulls and so many of those other birds on the water are our friends. They've helped us find the fish so many times. Why not just try to release the bird peacefully and get some good karma in return when those birds help us find a giant school of yellowtail or tuna later on. Three or four months ago I actually spent about 30 minutes trying to free a giant heron that flew into my line when I was bank fishing at Dana Landing. Its leg got tangled up in my topwater and it had two trebles in its leg. I couldn't have done it by myself. I spent about 15-20 minutes waiting for someone to help me. Three guys that had just pulled their boat out of the water completely ignored me and wouldn't even help me. Finally someone walked over and held my rod so I could work with the bird. Couldn't believe how hard my heart was beating as I was trying to free these trebles from its leg, kept on hoping it wouldn't peck one of my eyes out. I finally got both trebles free and I felt pretty good knowing that I helped the bird live. It wouldn't have lived if I had done the easiest thing and just cut the bait off. I just don't really get it. Its literally nothing to take a couple of minutes to grab a seagull and free your line from it and let it fly off none worse for the wear.