Tiger sharks eat songbirds scavenging a windfall of nutrients from the sky

Drymon, JM, Feldheim, K, Fournier, AMV, Seubert, E, Jefferson, A, Kroetz, A, Powers S Tiger sharks eat songbirds: scavenging a windfall of nutrients from the sky Ecology 10.1002/ecy.2728

New paper out today in Ecology, which represents a super fun side project I’ve been working on for the past year or so. I became a part of the project because I eat lunch most days with members of Marcus Drymon’s lab, and they were talking about how the Tiger Sharks they were catching had birds in their stomachs.

The exact mechanism of why this is happening needs further study, but a variety of Gulf of Mexico migratory birds are ending up in Tiger Shark’s stomachs, mostly during autumn migration. Which is a connection between terrestrial and marine creatures that hasn’t been documented at this scale previously and would be a fascinating area for future research.

Baby Sharks Do (Do, Do, Do, Do, Do) Eat Songbirds Smithsonian

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How a Bunch of Songbirds Ended Up Inside the Stomachs of Sharks The Atlantic

Giant tiger sharks eat backyard birds, surprising study reveals National Geographic

Scientists Pumped Baby Tiger Sharks’ Stomachs, and Found They Like to Eat Songbirds Newsweek

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Baby sharks are eating the birds that live in your backyard Popular Science

Tiger sharks feast on songbirds, study shows DW

Baby tiger sharks gobble up songbirds Nature

Baby sharks are eating songbirds, scientists discover The Independent

Baby tiger sharks EAT garden songbirds as they migrate over oceans Mirror

Sharks may be picking off British songbirds on their annual migrations Telegraph

Baby tiger sharks eat SONGBIRDS like sparrows and doves that fall out the sky when crossing the ocean Daily Mail

Shark barf DNA tests show songbirds are on the menu CNet

Look Out, Songbirds — Baby Sharks Want to Eat You Live Science

DNA analysis of shark barf tells scientists what kinds of birds the sharks scavenge Phys.org

Baby sharks are eating a surprising number of land-based birds The Week

Baby tiger sharks eat songbirds like sparrows, doves, study finds Fox News

Baby Tiger Sharks Are Eating Backyard Birds, Study Finds Geek.com

Study finds link between backyard birds and tiger sharks MS/AL Seagrant

Exhausted Birds Become Lunch Meat for Tiger Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico Audubon

Written on May 20, 2019