Seagull Steals Camera, Gives Tourist Inadvertent Panoramic View of SF Bay

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When a seagull flew away with Nathalie Rollandin’s camera, she probably feared all her precious holiday snaps of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge had been lost forever. Little did she expect that she’d not only get her camera back unharmed, she’d also be left with quite literally a bird’s eye view of the coastline.

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But that’s precisely what happened after a seagull apparently confused the 26-year-old French tourist’s GoPro camera for a piece of food and snatched it, still filming.

The seagull soon soon grew bored of the camera (perhaps because it didn’t taste as good as it had hoped) and dropped it next to what CBS News has identified as the St. Francis Yacht Club – but not before capturing 30 seconds of soaring, albeit slightly shaky, views of the San Francisco Bay at sunset.

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Having retrieved the camera in one piece, Rollandin discovered the creature’s surprising talent in film-making and has since shared the footage for the world to admire. Her video has so far garnered more than a million views on YouTube.

As Nathalie said on her YouTube page, “A San Francisco sunset I will hardly forget…”

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Pattie Childs Kealy
Pattie Childs Kealy

It may be staged. But there's another possibility. When gulls pick up a shellfish, they drop it from a good height, usually on rocks, in order to crack the shell so that they can eat the critter. Dropping it on a concrete patio would be normal gull behavior. It looks like the gull pecks at the camera after it lands (also normal) and then flies off after it realizes it's not food. Or it's totally staged. Take your pick.

W. S.
W. S.

I ran over a seagull once. I think he was trying to steal my hubcaps.

dmarcoot
dmarcoot

Im sure those bird wings flapping over the ocean were staged too. Its would be would be easy to stage a guy picking up the camera, holding his fake gull wing puppet as he wind surfed across a windy bay and then in one smooth motion leaps over some rocks just in time for someone to release the real bird. Damn you're brilliant. It couldn't be that bird realized it had nothing worth while after a 60 seconds, plenty of time for her make the jog

guac
guac

People are so "gullible"!  This is soooo staged. 

TJ Hooker
TJ Hooker

This looks like a fake staged viral video to me. The "seagull" not only doesn't drop the camera in the water, but leaves it pointing in the perfect direction to film the owner chasing after it. Also, the camera owner makes sure to mention the maker of her video camera in the Youtube posting, nice free publicity! And she has lots of references to "social media marketing" on her twitter feed.

MeJustMe
MeJustMe

She was lucky the gull didn't drop the camera in the bay.

People complain that panhandlers in SF are agressive they are nothing compared to the seagulls.