Seagulls, organisms best known for harassing people at the beach for food and being antagonists in Finding Nemo, occupy a loathed status in the animal kingdom. Their negative reputation only gets crappier with the realization that seagulls eating baby poop are harming both baby seals and the ecosystems they inhabit. Reports of seagulls attacking baby seals appear to show these avians getting bolder in their hunting techniques. Now, many baby seal butts sport lacerations and injuries from greedy seagulls, who literally go at the pups' behinds to get all that good sh*t. But though these incidents just sound like unexpected animal battles, these seagull attacks on seals might be causing great harm to the ecosystem.
These coprophilic seabirds, specifically a species known as the kelp gull, made made seal poop a staple in their diets. Why these birds have chosen to eat poop remains as fascinating and disgusting at the act itself, but the consequences prove disastrous for the seal population. The sad fact is, seagulls may be more disgusting and more dangerous than anyone possibly imagined up to this point.
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