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Tiger sharks eat common backyard birds

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Tiger sharks are among the most imposing predators of tropical seas. Reaching lengths of 15 feet or more, the beastly fish also have voracious appetites, devouring everything from sea turtles to rubber tires.

Now, new research suggests that baby tiger sharks have an even weirder item on their menu: common backyard birds.

Study leader Marcus Drymon stumbled upon the discovery in 2010, when he caught a small tiger shark as part of an ongoing research project in the Gulf of Mexico.


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"Tiger sharks, affectionately dubbed “the garbage cans of the sea” are known for their savage appetites, eating anything from rubber tyres to garbage cans.

"Now it seems they dine on songbirds lost in flight over the Gulf of Mexico too.

"Scientist Marcus Dymon first discovered the unusual feeding habits of tiger sharks when he captured one in 2010."

Full reoprt at iNews: https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/baby-tiger-sharks-eating-sparrows-woodpeckers-songbirds-study/

At Nat Geo: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/05/baby-tiger-sharks-eat-songbirds/

Paper at the Ecological Society of America: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ecy.2728

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