Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 3 years ago

    What? How can you get by without your daily school dose of silly pseudoscience?

  2. Barry Carter

    Barry Carter said, over 3 years ago

    Ummm, so they can see it? Crawling around on the ground is an inefficient way of finding things on the ground unless they’re very closeby.

  3. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, over 3 years ago

    @Barry Carter

    And the ones who flew higher came to outnumber the ones who didn’t have that advantage.
    Time to retire, Mrs. Olsen!

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Given that they ranged at least as far north as the Columbia River, why do they call them “California Condor” instead of western condor or something similar?

  5. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    From the Wikipedia article on California condors:
    “Since they do not have a sense of smell, they spot these corpses by looking for other scavengers, like eagles and smaller vultures, the latter of which cannot rip through the tougher hides of these larger animals with the efficiency of the larger condor. They can usually intimidate other scavengers away from the carcass, with the exception of bears, which will ignore them, and golden eagles, which will fight a condor over a kill or a carcass.”
    The turkey vulture forages by smell, so it often flies low. The condor flies high to spot where the vultures are gathering.

  6. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    They ranged further than that when humans first settled North America. California was the “center of mass” of their distribution when Europeans arrived, and California was where the last wild condors lived when captive breeding started.

  7. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Joshua trees and California condors are relicts (formerly abundant in a large area but now occurring at only one or a few small areas) for some of the same reasons. Condors are best suited for large carcasses, and the extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna (giant sloths, etc.) limited their food supply, except for elephant seals and whale carcasses at the coast. Giant sloths also distributed the seeds of Joshua trees (with suitable fertilizer) since they appear to have been the main consumer of the tree’s fruit and leaves.

  8. langchris70

    langchris70 said, over 3 years ago

    Sorry, but this is not bigger than Shark Week.

  9. kroykali

    kroykali said, over 3 years ago

    You don’t need to fly to 15,000 ft to avoid power lines.

  10. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago

    School science teaches one or two views of the world of science, and sometimes they are incorrect in the real world. My daughter’s science teacher was so far off base in the general field of environmental science that I had to take scientific material to him and prove him wrong. He “saw the light” and changed his class.

  11. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago

    Remember that “science” today won’t tell you that the members of the Audubon Society, circa 1900, were big into collecting CA condor eggs, which lead to a big decline in condor populations. That fact wasn’t hidden 50+ years ago when I did a college paper on condors.

  12. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, over 3 years ago


    And that’s exactly how science works. Scientists are wrong sometimes, but when they are, they strive to correct themselves. This is as opposed to some other world views that, when they happen to be wrong, insist on remaining wrong.

    And @treesareus, why would you expect science to tell you? That isn’t a scientific piece of information. Complain about history teachers not doing their job on that one.

  13. rshive

    rshive said, over 3 years ago

    And power lines evolved to be high so they didn’t trip condors walking on the ground looking for food.

  14. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, over 3 years ago

    Yes, he went to public school.

  15. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 3 years ago

    Four days on the same subject. Will the condor ever pasa?

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