The Secret to Scaring Seagulls Away From Your Food

August 8, 2019
Hungry Seagulls

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How many times has it happened to you? You're down the shore, about to enjoy a delicious lunch, when out of NOWHERE a greedy gull swoops down and starts harassing you, trying to get a bite. It ruins the relaxing vibe, not to mention your food. Well, science says there's a way to stop these seagulls in their tracks. 

The answer: staring them down. See, gulls are natural thieves. They'd rather steal someone else's catch than hunt themselves. And you're a lot less likely to steal something when you know you're under surveillance. This tendency to slow down or stop what you're doing when you're being watched is called "gaze aversion" - and it works on seagulls. Give it a try the next time you're at the beach! And read more about the research that figured it out here.