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Offline Zowie

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Seagull circling instincts
« on: 08/06/2016 10:24:10 »
When I go jogging I notice that one seagull will spot me and start cawing its heart out, circling me. Before too long a whole crowd of seagulls will be circling me as I go.

I can't help but think this is some predatory instinct to follow prey until it dies. They must think I am in distress and about to drop down and die a.k.a free lunch. I don't think they got the memo about the human sedentary lifestyle.

Now, seagulls don't have teeth, or at least the genes coding for teeth have been switched off for a long time. So I wonder, if given the chance, they would even swoop down and pick at the carcass of a human being. They seem more content with picking at trash. Of course, one could always test this but the question then would be... why? Stupid seagulls!

I have ruled out that it is a form of exercise for seagulls. Energy seems scarce enough as it is for them to waste energy flapping around and cawing at everything that moves. It's more likely that it's a form of sexual indicator, showing that the fittest birds are able to spot potential food and signal it out to the group.

Damn you birds, just let me exercise in peace.


 

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Re: Seagull circling instincts
« Reply #1 on: 09/06/2016 09:18:52 »
They might think you are carrying food. Near the coast we have problems with them dive bombing people to knock food out of their hands.

Otherwise they might know something about your health - keep checking that pulse and if you can't feel it don't stop running, they'll have you!
 

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Re: Seagull circling instincts
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