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Naga Munchetty squirms as BBC Breakfast guest teaches Charlie Stayt how to fend off seagulls

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Naga Munchetty was pretty much all of us as she watched Charlie Stayt be shown how to fend off a seagull before it tries to steal your food.

BBC Breakfast spoke to behavioural psychologist Katherine Herborn on Friday’s episode who wanted to show people a different way to approach the much-derided bird.

Katherine suggested that making eye contact with seagulls could make them rethink swooping in for your chips at the seaside.

Charlie wanted to know exactly how the stare should look and asked Katherine to demonstrate as Naga, who is set to join Radio 5 Live in 2021, glanced right down the camera with the perfect uncomfortable expression.

Silence fell over the studio as the guest stared evenly into the camera, but was awkwardly asked to repeat it.

‘I’m confused between looking at the seagull and staring at the seagull, so could you illustrate for us two five second sequences, one which is a look and one which is a stare,’ Charlie said as Naga looked exasperated with her chin in her hand.

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Naga Munchetty sat with her chin in her hand (Picture: BBC)

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Charlie asked for a demonstration (Picture: BBC)

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Katherine Herborn suggested making eye contact with seagulls (Picture: BBC)

After Katherine’s display Charlie said: ‘I think you were kind of smiling at the gull.’

‘That may be possible, we’re not telling you how,’ she replied, ‘it’s just eye contact we’re keen on.

‘When you’re looking you can tell, they do look back.’

Naga stepped in: ‘There is a purpose to this. [Seagulls] are hated because they do nick food. Is it hoped that this will alleviate the desire for food and nicking stuff?’

Katherine told her: ‘That behaviour natural for the gulls, Little gulls will steal worms and big gulls will steal fish from puffins, so stealing from us is natural.

‘But we hope people control the situation a bit more.’

Naga appeared apologetic for Charlie’s request, saying: ‘You have been a very good sport because Charlie does ask people to do the most remarkable things on television.’

Turning to her co-host she added: ‘You can put your hands out there Charlie Stayt but you know what you did.’

BBC Breakfast airs at 6am on BBC One.

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