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a pooping seagull
This bird may look like it’s innocently minding—and doing—its business, but new research shows that gulls have nefarious intentions when relieving themselves over land. Photo by Pavel1964/iStock

Gulls Aim for Humans When They Poop

New study finds that people with brown hair are particularly at risk of being targeted.

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by Raina Delisle

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This story was just a bit of fun for April Fool’s Day. To prevent it from inadvertently being taken seriously we have removed the text. Here are some real stories about seabirds that you might like, though:

Northern fulmars nesting

Seabirds Are Pooping Out Plastic

A recent investigation shows seabirds may be transporting ocean microplastics to land.


icelandic man catching a puffin in a net

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner

Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?


Juvenile northern gannet plunge diving

Seabirds’ Death-Defying Dives

Some seabirds dive into water at astonishing speeds, so why don’t they hurt themselves?