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The TRUE STORY of Hitchcock’s The Birds | Science Stranger than Fiction || Wild Lives Ep. 2

LIKE, THIS REALLY HAPPENED. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic THE BIRDS is, in part, inspired by a very real phenomenon that occurred in Santa Cruz, California in 1961. One night, inexplicably, thousands of sooty shearwater birds lost their minds, dive-bombing into homes and even biting people. But, for 50 years, no one knew why… That is, until…

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LIKE, THIS REALLY HAPPENED. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic THE BIRDS is, in part, inspired by a very real phenomenon that occurred in Santa Cruz, California in 1961. One night, inexplicably, thousands of sooty shearwater birds lost their minds, dive-bombing into homes and even biting people. But, for 50 years, no one knew why… That is, until Dr. Sibel Bargu Ates connected dots throughout history through meticulous (and rather imaginative) archive specimen research. This is a Hitchcockian mystery wrapped in a scientific paper—a biological whodunnit.

And, learn how birds flock and move together. In fact, a 1986 computer program helped solve the puzzle of how they actually fly so close without every bird in a flock ricocheting off each other like pinballs.

Said another way, this is a story all about bird brains.

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In their own words. Well, approximately their own words—they are wild animals after all.

CREDITS
Video by: Tom McNamara
Animation: Beth Wexler
Narrator: Elizabeth Ollier
Executive Producer: Amy Schellenbaum
Editor-in-Chief: Corinne Iozzio

Media
1961 Santa Cruz Sentinel bird invasion photos (courtesy Covello & Covello Photography), Archival gut contents image (2012, Nature Geoscience), “Birds of America” (1917, The University Society), Boids program (1986, courtesy Craig Reynolds), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920, Paramount film), Dr. Sibel Bargu Ates, “Gull Island” and “Inishvickillane, Blasket Islands” footage (1942, 1925, Chicago Academy of Sciences), Internet Archives, Mixed zooplankton sample (2019, Adriana Zingone, Domenico D’Alelio, Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, Marina Montresor, Diana Sarno, LTER-MC team), Oral history by Edna Messini (courtesy Capitola Historical Museum, Frank Perry), Pond5, Prelinger Archives, Pseudo-Nitzschia specimen images (NOAA/NWFSC), Santa Cruz Sentinel, “The Birds” (1963, Universal Pictures), “The Vanishing Lady” (1896, Georges Méliès)

Music
APM, Vik Sharma

Thank You
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    leodavinci1 A

    November 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    The Birds is based on a short story written by Daphne du Maurier and published in 1952… with some possible inspiration from Robert E. Howard’s The Pigeons from Hell.

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      John Besharian

      November 21, 2020 at 4:13 am

      If you rewatch this, either turn on the volume, or turn up your hearing aid.

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      leodavinci1 A

      November 21, 2020 at 6:58 am

      @John Besharian Zzzzzzzzzzzzz…Whaat Wait. Must have dozed off from all the excitement Pop Sci generates these days.

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    Garry Robinson

    November 20, 2020 at 12:36 am

    this is a crock of crap. Movie was based on Daphne du Maurier story.

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      John Besharian

      November 21, 2020 at 4:08 am

      Don’t know where, exactly, you received your PhD, however, that fact is mentioned within the first minute of the film.

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      Garry Robinson

      November 21, 2020 at 4:37 am

      ​@John Besharian the first minute of the film is opening credits, with bird sounds. Included in those credits is acknowledgment that the movie is based upon the du Maurier story.

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      Angelica A

      December 4, 2020 at 2:10 am

      @Garry Robinson You’re both right. It was based off the story but Hitchcock also drew inspiration from the real-life incident. To be fair it’s definitely a clickbait title but there is still a connection.

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    D4md Cykey

    November 20, 2020 at 1:50 am

    For those in the comment section (and likely for those to come later) please pay better attention to the actual video dialogue as well as the description under the video, instead of getting triggered and attributing something that is neither said, nor implied. It’s frankly embarrassing what little cognition so many people have these days.

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      John Besharian

      November 21, 2020 at 4:10 am

      “Ignorance is bliss” for everyone, except for those unfortunately on the receiving end, of course.

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      Angelica A

      December 4, 2020 at 2:07 am

      Can we not use the word triggered in a casual context. It makes you seem both insensitive and uneducated…

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      D4md Cykey

      December 4, 2020 at 2:23 am

      @Angelica A ~ The word was not used casually, so your intended point is moot.

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    John Besharian

    November 21, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Wasn’t Hitchcock’s The Birds filmed in Bolinas? My wife, Lisa Kindred and I lived in Stinson Beach between mid-December of 1971 to late September of 1973. Beautiful place. (Good fishing too.)

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    PC No

    November 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I’ve heard stories of presumably-sane birds dive-bombing animals (cats, humans, etc.) that they perceive to be potential predators, so it makes sense that confused or poisoned flocks of birds might do the same to random creatures, even if there is no reason for them to perceive them as predators.

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    Lucky 7 Tattoo & Piercing Tahoe

    December 21, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Fascinating. I had always wondered “what happened” as a kid in the area this really happened. Now I know! Thanks for the education.

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    Sam Pinheiro

    January 4, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Wow that is born 😡 a terrible inspiration of the company’s IN THIS FEATURE WHY WHY THEY PEAPLE IS NOT FORGETTING THAT HAPPENING! It’s so sad the company’s are making the animals eating birds😭😢🥺 Why those people isn’t happy today to the birds friends I’m so sorry I love birds why this company is making this movie I Don’t like horror movie now this movie is MEKING ME ANGRY 😡 THIS MOVIE is regent all my favorite Birds I’m so sorry to be angry but I don’t like that horror movie but I never watching but I don’t like 👎 and I’m so sorry to said this movie is making me angry and I’m sorry 😞 to said this movie is reject my favorite Birds but it’s a sad story to the birds and the peaple.

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