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These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

Website source here.

Gut wrenching!!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh, my god, this is so disturbing. Thanks for showing it. I’ll check out the web site. I recently watched an online film about the gyre in the Pacific where huge amounts of plastic is collecting. If you watch it, be warned the guy drops f-bombs right and left!:-)

    http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v6809863swAhSN7S

    Most of the plastic is small, like we are seeing here in these poor birds, or even more broken up into tiny, tiny, bits – so the fish eat it too.

    So upsetting – I hope we can change our behavior before it’s too late . . .

  2. Posted October 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    gut wrenching is right! awful!!

  3. Mame Johnston
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I believe that gyre is the size of Texas floating in the northern Pacific. So upsetting to see how we’ve taken our earth and trashed it, literally! What is it going to take to awaken our elders and grandchildren about recycling and cutting down on our unbelievable consumption?

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted October 28, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      well said Mame, I just hope it’s not too late…

  4. David
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Polymers are Forever….

    Read the above chapter from Alan Weisman’s “World without us”. The shocking tale of just how much plastic is out there in the environment. Sobering stuff:

    http://www.worldwithoutus.com/excerpt.html

  5. fionaeason
    Posted November 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I just saw this… poor poor beautiful birds – I’ve passed on the message on my blog http://fionaeason.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/why-we-need-to-stop-adding-plastic-to-our-environment/ and linked it on my FB page, what can we do? Besides doing all we can to stop using such wasteful, damaging things…


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