Although its wingspan is over 6 ½ feet, a pelican weighs only 8-10 pounds and your fishing line will hold it. Note: the bird won’t know you are trying to help and will try to defend itself. Pelicans do not have teeth, but they have a hook at the beak’s tip and its edges are sharp and could give you a small “paper” cut. Watch this video to learn how to safely unhook and release a bird.
Check out this in-depth video produced by the Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and Manatee County Audubon Societies.