Science could be on the verge of solving a final mystery surrounding film legend Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film thriller, “The Birds.”
Dying and disoriented seabirds rammed into homes across California’s Monterey Bay in the summer of 1961, sparking a long-standing mystery about the cause among marine biologists. The avian incidents garnered local visitor Hitchcock’s interest, along with a story about spooky bird behavior by British writer Daphne du Maurier.
“I am pretty convinced that the birds were poisoned,” says ocean environmentalist Sibel Bargu of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She led a team finding that naturally occurring algal toxins appear to have been the culprit.