Sharks with solid “hairballs” of migratory bird feathers found off Alabama coast

Tiger shark bellies found full of migrating birds; are Gulf oil and gas rigs to blame?, Press Register, December 31, 2010:

Feathers of woodland birds found in tiger shark bellies this fall bolster the theory that the Gulf’s offshore oil and gas platforms pose a fatal danger to migrating birds, according to scientists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

“The best way I can describe what we found in the sharks is to think of a hairball like cats cough up,” said Marcus Drymon, a Sea Lab scientist who dissected several of the sharks. “The balls are just solid feathers and about as big around as a grapefruit. We caught these sharks during the fall migration in the general vicinity of the platforms off Alabama.” …

“These are not gulls or pelicans. They are migratory birds that you would not typically find in a shark.”

Drymon said tiger sharks are the most likely candidate for eating birds that fall into the sea, as they are famous scavengers.

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