GOULDSBORO — A fifth-generation lobsterman from town has created a Tik Tok video about saving a little bird and it has been viewed all over the world.
“I saw my sternman going for the bird and I just grabbed my phone and I was like I might as well video it. Some people probably will think it’s cool,” said Jacob Knowles.
Cool is an understatement, with nearly seven million views on Tik Tok.
“I videoed it and then I saw him start to eat the chips and to start to drink the water and I’m like this is definitely going to be pretty cool but I didn’t think it was going to be this crazy,” he said.
Knowles got more than 165,000 new followers after the bird video was posted a month ago on the social media platform.
He and his crew aboard the Rest Ash-Oar saw the bird while they were about 20 miles out to sea and knew it was in distress.
“We were watching him for like an hour, just keeping an eye on him, just trying to catch him and then we all watched him hit the water, so it was lucky,” the boat captain said.
Knowles, a pilot, husband, father, outdoorsman and trout fanatic, has several videos on Tik Tok and on YouTube
“I went live the other night, tried that out, and there was someone in there from Iraq,” he said. “The Tik Tok analytics, it will show you where your followers are from. And there are people from Portugal. They’re all over the place.”
The lobsterman said saving birds is just part of the job when you’re so far from shore.
“It’s not a rare thing. A lot of people thought it was a one time thing but it happens in the fall. We get northerly winds and the little birds get in the air and the winds just take them off shore and once they get out there they have no where to go,” Knowles said.
“They can’t land in the water. The seagulls try to eat them and they have nowhere to go but the boats,” he said.
At the end of the video, with shore in view, the bird flies off but not before tweeting a thank you as he leaves.