The birds arrived at the beach in style riding on a golf cart, 2 huge pelicans squeezed into each large animal carrier, and a gull in each of the smaller carriers.
Everyone was instructed to stand well back to give the birds plenty of room, and the cages were opened. Watch out! Here they come!
A little confused as to what to do next. Why are all these humans staring at us?
But eventually all the birds waddled towards the water and stood there, probably assessing the situation, while the admiring crowd waited for some action.
These brown pelicans are surprisingly large, 42-54 inches in length, and weigh from 6-12 lbs and have a wingspan from 6 to 8.2 ft.
As soon as the gulls flapped their wings and took off, the pelicans got the message and followed. A huge cheer went up from the crowd.