Minnesota Conservation Officer Demosthenes Regas, who patrols the woods and waters near Blackduck, was checking the Tamarack River recently for fishing activity with fellow officer Nick Prachar when they saw what appeared to be a dead pelican floating in the river.

Upon closer inspection they found the pelican was indeed dead, apparently from biting off a little more than it could chew. The officers found a 25-inch walleye stuck in the pelican’s throat. Amazingly, the walleye was still alive.

A photo taken by Regas shows the walleye filled part of the bird's throat and its entire giant mouth, and stuck out several inches beyond that. The officers were able to release the walleye to continue its spawning run up the Tamarack River, which runs into Upper Red Lake.