A Beautiful Kaleidoscope Of Plastic - Found Inside An Albatross!

By Meera Dolasia on June 18, 2009

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While the picture above looks like an attractive collection of everyday things and not particularly dangerous - they can be, especially when ingested by unsuspecting birds, who mistake it for food.

Scientists found all these items inside the stomach of a dead Albatross found  on Kure Atoll, one of the remote Hawaiian Islands. They believe that the bird starved to death, thanks to the amount of indigestable plastic he had consumed over time.

Albatross birds are known to go long distances in search of food for their families and researchers believe that a lot of them fly thousands of miles all the way to the area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Discovered accidently by a sailor in 1997, it is an area in the ocean which has over tons of garbage floating around, some at unreachable depths, all accumulated thanks to human carelessness and the way the ocean currents flow.

All attempts to clean it up have been futile, because there are so many tiny pieces and more are added every day. Meanwhile, the area has been the bane for birds, who mistake the brightly colored plastic pieces for food and gobble them up.

Scientists say that just two ounces of ingested plastic can causes all kinds of problems like starvation and dehydration, which results in killing them.

So the next time you discard a plastic knick-knack, think carefully and be sure to try and recycle it if you can - for every time you do that, you may have helped save a bird!

sources: Dailymail.co.uk

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  • CatThursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm
    WOW thats bad
    • catFriday, April 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm
      You guys... All of us litter in a way because of people using our trash just dump it in the ocean !
      • birdloverMonday, October 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm
        The albatrosses don't deserve that death. Why can't we just understand that our trash is bad for the environment?
        • edmodo-y7uhdckgug
          edmodo-y7uhdckgugMonday, July 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm
          This is a good way to recycle things by making it pretty... but stop littering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • hamsterlover123Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:09 am
            PEOPLE HOW MANY ARTICLES DO YOU NEED TO SEE AND HOW MANY BOOKS OR TV SHOWS HAVE YOU WATCHED ON NOT LITTERING????????????? SERIOUSLY TAKE ACTION AND SAVE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • Headream100Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm
              This is a sad article..Stop littering! help them survive!
              • absol123
                absol123Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:53 am
                i luv albatrosses and i think that is sad
                • bffThursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm
                  but very very sad
                  • bffThursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm
                    cool i did not know any of this
                    • loityuytThursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm
                      sooo sad!

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