its seabirds vs. plastic in our oceans, and plastic is winning. it is estimated that 90% of seabirds have plastic pollution in their stomachs.
"A report by scientists studying the stomach content of Laysan Albatross chicks on Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean revealed disturbing results: Forty percent of Laysan Albatross chicks die before fledging. Necropsies of the chick's stomachs found them filled with plastic trash." BirdRescue.org
the albatross for example eats by skimming its beak along the surface of the water, because plastic is floating there these birds are accidentally consuming very large amounts of plastic.
check out this article by national geographic - it's honestly heartbreaking.
So what can we do?
the less plastic that we use, the better. and for the plastics that you can't avoid, make sure that they are recycled properly.
take part in beach clean ups, or bring a bag when you go for a walk and pick up trash along the way - you'd be surprised how much is there when you are actually looking for it.
avoid single use plastics like water and soft drink bottles, straws, grocery bags and takeaway coffee cups - bring your own!
tell your friends and family about the effects of marine debris
don't release balloons.
check out Chris Jordan's albatross photos here .