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Mystery of Hitchcock’s Birds solved -- Gulls that inspired film ate toxic algae: study

 
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Mystery of Hitchcock’s Birds solved -- Gulls that inspired film ate toxic algae: study
The mass attack by seabirds on a coastal town that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Birds may finally have been explained.

Biologists have blamed toxic algae eaten by the birds for damaging their brains and making them so aggressive that they swooped down upon people, buildings and moving cars in Capitola, California, in 1961.

Hitchcock’s film, released two years later, was inspired partly by the event and partly by a short story by Daphne du Maurier about an unexplained avian attack on an English farm worker and his family


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