Marcus Drymon

Marcus Drymon

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Hey Candee, thanks for your thoughts. First of all, those Bimini boas eating those songbirds is NUTS! How cool! The migration question is one I've pondered, but working with a migratory bird group at the University of Southern Mississippi, it seems as though about half of the bird species we are identifying from these tiger sharks are non-migratory. So while the sharks are benefiting from birds falling out from migrations, I think there must be more to the story. Thanks for your insights from the boa - that's wild!
Apr 21, 2015
How do Backyard Birds end up in Tiger Sharks' Stomachs?
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I forget which animals these samples came from, so I'm not sure what species of bird they're from. I'm sure we didn't have one identified as a gull though.
Apr 20, 2015
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Dr. Wolf, many thanks for your contribution to this project, and in particular for your kind words. I enjoyed this morning's talk, and all the interesting conversation it sparked. Thanks again.
Mar 18, 2015
How do Backyard Birds end up in Tiger Sharks' Stomachs?
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You know, these type of birds may occasionally end up in the stomachs of other sharks (e.g. bull sharks), but it's the tiger shark that's known for it's dietary breadth.
Mar 11, 2015
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Hey Ali, many thanks for your donation and well wishes. With support from folks like you, we're making progress in our understanding of these amazing fish!
Mar 10, 2015
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Thanks so much for your contribution! Given the volume of discharge exiting Mobile Bay, riverine origin is certainly a possibility. I appreciate your donation!
Mar 09, 2015
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Robert, many thanks for your kind words and generous donation. Studying these animals in the coastal Alabama ecosystem has been one of the great joys of my life. I appreciate your support!
Mar 09, 2015
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Cara, thanks so much for the support! I hope you are well - GO GRICE!!
Mar 08, 2015
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Hey Jessica, many thanks for your donation!
Mar 04, 2015
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Jason, thanks for your contribution, and the kinds words. And I share your sentiment; Dr. Clark was an inspiration to a generation of folks fascinated by sharks (you and I included), and she will be missed greatly. The legacy she's left is immeasurable.
Mar 03, 2015
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Evan, great to hear from you! And yes, those are great questions what we've asked ourselves as well. Preliminary analysis shows a higher proportion of birds in the diet during Fall, opposite of what we would have thought; speaking with migratory bird folks, we expected the occurrence of birds to be highest in the Spring if it were related to migrations. Regardless, that hypothesis is one we've considered, and want to probe further as we move forward. And then there's storms...and we perhaps the birds show up in tiger sharks' stomachs as a function of weather events. We've actually spoken with some folks who specialize in interpreting radar imagery for that very reason. Thanks so much for your support and your thoughtful questions.
Mar 03, 2015
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Thank you for the support Natalie!
Mar 02, 2015
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