“The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.” ― John Muir,
Superstition is usually defined as “a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief.”
This is how the word is defined as far as human beings are concerned. Many of us have our own personal array of good luck charms to protect us from harm: four-leaf clover; rabbit’s foot, magically endowed horse shoes. This list is endless and varied.
What if in the natural world birds also share this same superstitious streak? We are curious about them so why could they not be curious about us?
The seagulls in the photo above might not actually be physically harassing this text sender. In the seagull’s mind wasting food so blatantly could bring about dire consequences to the perpetrator.
They might be protecting this man’s best interest by approaching him and in their own way alerting him to the dangers of wasting his lunch.
I realize that this is a personal flight of fancy but answer me this: when was the last time you dined outside and did not have a flock of seagulls eyeballing your cuisine?
Think about this next time you are tempted to waste your lunch. Mother Nature is protecting your interests.