The star of Mykonos, Petros has been the island’s mascot for some time. He was one the pelicans in the flock which flew to Mykonos from the mainland back in the 1950s. After a storm, the pelican gave up migrating to become a local resident.
He became so popular after his death, when a successor had to be found to replace him. Today, another pelican can still be found at the waterfront of Chora. He has a girlfriend and they walk together along the waterfront all day. When they stop, crowds gather to take pictures. People like to pet and feed him and he is so nice to allow them all to enjoy spoiling him.
Pelicans hang around freely on Mykonos, however this one was my new friend! Petros hung out at one of the cafes we ate at towards the end of the night. He lets most people pet him, although I admit I was afraid to try. He followed the restaurant owner around like a lost puppy; especially when they had fish for him. Everyone was entertained by this little guy!
There are some pelicans living in Mykonos. They are the most special citizens!!!
You will have more chances of finding them walking, swimming or sleeping (they don't usually go out during the night but they usually sleep siesta!!) around the port.
According to local legend, the original Petros apparently flew from mainland Greece to Mykonos during a fierce storm. He was found, half-dead, by a fisherman who nursed him back to health. Island residents named him Petros and took turns feeding him. Petros became such a hit with tourists that he was designated as the official mascot of Mykonos. But he met an untimely, scandalous demise around 1986 when he was either run over by a car (some locals blame a drunk taxi driver) or sexually assaulted (some blame a drunk tourist).
Another legend maintains that jet setter and regular Mykonos socialite Jackie Onassis gave the island a new pelican to replace its maimed mascot, while another says a German zoo donated a bird as well. Yet another story says a third pelican wound up on Mykonos when he was discovered on a beach, injured like the original Petros, and brought back to good health by the locals.
Whatever one or all of the stories is true, it’s a fact there’s at least three pelicans entertaining tourists on Mykonos these days. They can often be spotted as a group, in a pair, or sleeping or strolling around solo. Their favorite places to hang out are at Niko’s Taverna (where they pose for photos with diners and then collect fresh fish treats from the kitchen), Paraportiani Square, Little Venice, the windmills on the hillside above Little Venice, and along the Mykonos Town harbor.
When stepping off the ship at the port, walk along the waterfront. Here, you may see the town’s mascot Petro’s the Pelican. Petros was left behind when a group of migrating birds passed the island in the 1950’s. The bird was too exhausted to fly with his friends. Fisherman found him and nursed him back to health. The original Petros has passed but the locals keep replacing him with different pelicans to continue the story. The current version is a very large bird. I watched him from a distance.
Petros, the island's mascot is to be found near the harbour and is quite willing to pose for photo's and you can get real close
I am told that "Petros"; the town mascot is in bird heaven now. However, the pelicans are still very popular in town. This pelican was even once standing on one foot and posted for pictures.
Marching along the sea front of Mykonos are two pelicans with clipped wings. They feed of what the fisherman and tourist give them and have over the years become a regular sight.