Seagull steals video camera, thereby creating seagullcam

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  1. I’m wondering how on Earth they could have recovered it… it would seem an impossibility (being flown out of sight and deposited on what appears to be a roof).

    1. I’m guessing that its not a roof but a cliff edge and that they saw sort where it flew and its an expensive camera so they spent a few hours… I don’t want to be that annoying and boring man that screams “fake” but it could also be an ad-thing

  2. La gazza ladra. Thieving birds! My friend’s African Grey parrot will do that with car keys. My yellow nape would just chew it to bits.

  3. What did the existentialist seagull say?

    Pourquoi! Pourquoi!

    Why are there no seagulls in Green Bay?

    Because there they are all Green Bagels!

    Sorry I don’t know anymore seagull jokes for all you gullible people.

  4. Seems pretty staged to me. The “hey! hey! whuaa!” happens a bit too late, and his level of his voice doesn’t drop off at all as the gull is flying away from him, which would indicate to me that the voice was overdubbed.

    Maybe the gull was trained like a pigeon to fly to a spot? I don’t know if gulls can be trained that way.

    Still, the brief flying part was kind of beautiful and serene in a way. I wish there had been more of that.

  5. I’m just walking around not doing anything particular with my camera running. Maybe I should inexplicably set it down on the ground while this seagull approaches. Oh no!

    1. I’ve put my camera down in the path of various animals to hope for a cool close-up. I have yet to have anything steal the camera.

  6. Even if it was staged, it’s a cool concept. So, if this were to actually happen, wouldn’t the guy holding the camera need to be only 3″ tall? Or was he holding it close to the ground? If so, how did the seagull capture the camera and what part of it was it holding? Was there a little “seagull strap?”

    My sister became terrified of birds after seeing the Hitchcock movie when she was very young. She probably would have probably hated that last bit. Just a tad bit creepy.

  7. Isn’t this camera the same kind that was featured in that video of a skier falling off a cliff and coming out unharmed a couple months ago? I smell marketing.

  8. Visually cool, but also cool to hear the sound of a bird flying, breathing. But I have my doubts about the authenticity of the sound due to the guy’s “Huah” not being lower or tonally different from his initial utternaces.

    Even if staged or dubbed, color me impressed.

  9. Part of what makes this seem fake is that poster of the video claims to be the one who lost the camera in the first place. It would be more believable if someone posted the video and said “I found this camera and look what was on it”.

    The way it is makes me suspect that precautions had been taken, like some kind of tracking device, to find the camera again.

    Anyway it’s still pretty awesome.

  10. Mine.

    Mine?

    Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

  11. Seems like if it had an Eye-Fi card in it, you could drive around broadcasting your wifi network until the video (which probably timed out at some point) started downloading to your laptop (or whatever), and then perhaps you’d be able to recover it based on landmarks seen in the video / final frame? A stretch, yes, but it still seems feasible.

  12. Gah, commenting system ate my last comment.

    What if the SD card was an Eye-Fi card set to connect to any wireless network. If it auto connected and uploaded the video, they owner could get an idea as to where and/or which way the bird with camera went.

  13. It’s funny how the GoPro camera people fake posted so many comments here just to make it seem like a popular topic. My mother was gullible enough to believe that you all were real, which just goes to show how she isn’t really my mother after all, and I was a Space Prince of Qualor 2 left on her doorstep or some other equally more plausible event. I’m not even sure she is a woman, or at least has been through her entire life.

    Not that it matters. Everything outside my head is just a figment of my imagination anyway.

  14. It’s not a hoax, it’s a miracle! A tries to eat a camera and then flies away! A miracle!

    “Fucking rainbows after it rains
    There’s enough miracles here to blow your brains
    I fed a fish to a pelican at Frisco bay
    It tried to eat my cell phone, he ran away”
    -ICP

  15. Perhaps I say this just because I’m a GoPro owner, but I think it’s real. Especially since the one from a few weeks ago with the lion that stole a GoPro was definitely real. Either way, both videos once again make me question why I bother to film my mountain bike trips when I can never top LionCam *or* GullCam!

  16. Even if the bird was trained (or just deliberately lured) to steal the cam and it’s a viral ad, it’s a great clip to watch. I love that the camera gets flipped upside down, then righted at 1:10 to give a parting, fully-lit shot of the thief (worms-eye view no less!).

    If you go to YouTube there are videos available showing how to set up a GoPro to get a direct HD video output to computer. It’s not complicated or heavy. People started designing them to use for things like fish finders. A small fanny pack would house everything with padding. So, with some preparation, the original owner could find his tiny camera on a castle wall in France : )

  17. The whole narrative flow is both compact and effective. The pacing is both masterful and restrained. The balance of engaging physicality and abstraction is breathtaking.

    This director/ cinematographer shows a confident grasp of the work, even while clearly winging it at times.

    An exciting new voice in cinema to watch for, even if all she is saying is “CAAAAWWW?”

    (Not even bringing up the revived radicalism of the ‘pirate cinema’ production technique, saving that for a later essay.)

  18. Yo Seagull, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but the octopus stealing the camera was the best critter camera theft of all time….

    1. Oh hello, GoProSeagull,

      Nice work on the video. I’d love to hear how you did it. I also like your earlier ones with the skateboarding.

  19. The “GoProSeagull” Twitter account, its account name, and its one follower (@binaryartists) pretty much seals the deal on viral marketing video status.

  20. Some seagulls are just so lucky to have parents with enough money to let them steal a camera. And could you really call this art? Other seagulls could do just as well with a camera, if their parents had the money.

  21. Any reasonable (ie non viral ad) person wouldn’t include the product name in their YouTube video. Seagull Stole My Video Cam doesn’t do the job that Seagull Stole My GoPro does.

    Plus the camera doesn’t spin during flight to give us a perfect view of the city. And yes the 3-foot camera man. It’s hard to tell what the hell is going on at the beginning as he approaches some house.

  22. The gull is visible from the begining, and the cameraman PUTS THE CAMERA DOWN AS THE GULL APPROACHES! That hand strap is probably smothered in peanutbutter.

    It seems obvious that this is fake, and many here claim so, but looking at the other videos on the youtube account reveals this:

    which more-or-less proves this gullcam is an ad.

    the saving grace is that the gull itself is pretty awesome.

  23. Consider what was going on in Cannes last week: The world’s biggest advertising festival. Coincidence? Probably not.

  24. There’s another GoPro video where a patrolling lioness steals the cam and takes it into the bushes to chew it for a while. That and other evidences leads me to think these aren’t accidental videos, but they aren’t completely fake or staged, either.

    Here’s how I would do it. Get a cam and tape it to one other piece of equipement: either a GPS unit and cell transmitter (heck, an iPhone would work great) or a light-weight animal tracking radio unit like they use in animal collars. These radios are tiny.

    Take that assembly and slather it in something yummy, like fish oil for the Seagull or meat juice for the lion.

    Place the unit somewhere where the target animal will want to steal it. This might take 1-50 takes and we won’t see the fails.

    Track unit with Apple’s Where’s My iPhone app or use radio receivers to triangulate the new location of the camera/transmitter.

    On the lioness video this is sort of obvious. The camera was left in deep grass. There’s two dudes beating the bushes in the general vicinity of the camera for a while and they were not finding it. Finally, after several cuts in the video, they find the camera. The giveaway is there’s *no way* you would know the general vicinity of the camera unless you had a GPS coord or a radio triangulation. A 30 foot (10 m) accurate GPS coord, for instance, still gives you a circle of about 3000 square feet (300 m2) to search.

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  26. For those of you wondering how they found the camera: Many cameras are now enabled with GPS, allowing them to be tracked.

    1. GPS-enabled != broadcasts it’s GPS location

      I have GPS on my camera, but short of dumping the pic onto my computer and examining the EXIF, there’s no way I’d get access to the location it registered.

  27. The Blair Seagull Project. That last shot where it goes black, and then spins around and you see the gull…truly haunting.

    JJ Abrams says it needed more lens flare though.

  28. Anyone have a guess as to the locale? I’m thinking Bahia del Sol on the Pacific coast of central Mexico.

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