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Were there any previous landings where people noticed wildlife on the ship?
From a legal standpoint, they are protected by the migratory bird act. From a PR standpoint, what kind of backlash could SpaceX face if they roasted some seagulls on live stream?
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Did Elon really decide to splash the booster because there were seagulls on the boat?


Almost certainly no. We all saw the booster continue to show flames/engine activity after entry burn shutoff on the broadcast. So most likely explanation is a malfunction. Also, birds tend to fly away when really loud, hot bright things approach them. And finally, finally, that droneship was in international waters, I believe.
I think OP was referring to this tweet: https://twitter.com/teslainventory/status/1361529527000653827?s=20