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Samples contained anywhere from one to 100 or more individual fish, ranging in size from a few centimeters to over 40 cm (more than a foot).
In most cases, the fish were well-preserved enough for us to identify them to species based on physical characteristics. We may even be able to use some of the best samples to test nutrient composition and caloric density to see how different species might contribute differently to the energy needs of a pelican. In the meantime, it was interesting to begin comparing the diets of pelicans in our different study areas and seeing some unexpected diversity.