If Maine is known for one thing it is their lobster rolls, but thanks to Alicia Jessop’s experience, Maine may also become known for its vicious seagulls.
After Jessop found a prime spot to show off her signature Maine lobster roll, a seagull swooped down and tried to snag her delicious northeastern delicacy.
The picture, which went viral all over the web, but especially Twitter, has amassed over 200,000 likes and 28,000 retweets.
“This is why we can’t have nice things. I was trying to take a picture of the lobster roll I ordered in Maine and well, this happened,” Jessop captioned her photo which showcased the seagull in mid-bite while Jessop held up the lobster roll with a beautiful Maine lighthouse in the background.
Here’s everything you need to know about Jessop, her lobster roll and the menace of a seagull who tried to steal it:
1. Jessop Didn’t Realize She Took the Photo Until After the Seagull Had Its Way With Her Sandwich
According to the Associated Press, Jessop had no clue she captured the photo she eventually posted to social media until she was already on her way back to purchase another lobster roll.
As she was flipping through her camera roll, Jessop realized that she captured one of the more hilarious photos of all time. This is when she posted it to Twitter.
“I was super embarrassed when it happened because you hear stories of people falling off cliffs trying to get Instagram pictures,” Jessop told CNN. “I’m like, ‘Ooh my gosh I’m that person right now.'”
According to Jessop, she felt something rustle in her hand while she was attempting to take a photo of her sandwich. That’s when she saw the seagull grab the lobster roll out of her hand.
“That’s when I realized the seagull had swooped in and I hadn’t even seen it coming,” she told the AP. “It’s a really smart bird and it all happened so fast.”
Before she could shoo the bird away, the seagull, along with some of its friends, had already decimated the coveted New England sandwich.
2. Jessop Doesn’t Mind Being Known as the Seagull Lady for the Rest of Her Life
Although Jessop had to blow an additional $21.50 on another lobster roll, she still holds a positive attitude about the whole situation.
According to the AP, Jessop doesn’t mind being known as the lady whose lobster roll was unjustly stolen by a local seagull.
“There’s a lot worse things I could be known for, and if that means I get free lobster rolls and bring a little bit of laughter into people’s lives, I think that’s a good thing,” she said.
Jessop is also having fun on Twitter about the whole ordeal. She has apparently named the seagull Stuart.
3. Jessop Has Started Creating T-Shirts to Commemorate the Moment
On Jessop’s Twitter account, Jessop has advertised a t-shirt which showcases the exact moment the seagull grabbed the lobster roll out of Jessop’s hand.
Jessop even created a website commemorating the wild event. On the website, Jessop doesn’t just stop at t-shirts as mugs and beach towels are also available for purchase.
“A true Millennial, I realized I was in the midst of the perfect Instagram moment. So I pulled out my iPhone and maneuvered the lobster roll into perfect position,” a blurb written by Jessop welcoming visitors to the website said. “The problem was, as I was busy gearing up for what would become the greatest photograph I have ever taken, my lobster roll was being eyed as prey by local fowl.”
4. Jessop Will Now Receive Free Lobster Rolls for the Rest of Summer
Thanks to Lobster From Maine, a company that loves to spread the word about the delicacy that is Maine lobster, Jessop will now receive free Maine lobster rolls for the rest of summer.
“That’s no way for a roll to go down. Would a summer’s supply of
#MaineLobster rolls help to make up for the mishap? Let us know and we’ll make it happen,” Lobster From Maine’s Twitter account posted replying to a tweet from Jessop.
“Oh, thanks so much! That would be incredible!,” Jessop responded.
Looks like Jessop’s run-in with Stuart the seagull is going to pay-off.
5. Jessop Is a Sport Law Professor at Pepperdine University
Aside from being a lobster roll enthusiast as well as an accidental seagull whisperer, Jessop is a Sport Law professor at Pepperdine University, a contributor to the Washington Post and founder of rulingsports.com, according to her Twitter profile.
Ruling Sports is a website that covers a variety of topics from philanthropy to sports business to law.
Jessop has written pieces about the women’s world cup, sports broadcasting, sports business and many other topics.