Today in Plastics


These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, 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.

(via Clusterflock)


  1. we human beings are disgusting creatures and the world will be a better place when we’re gone. sadly with all our ‘intelligence’ i have no faith that we’ll ever figure out how to correct all our mistakes. this was a sad way to start my week, but a common one.

  2. That’s very sad. I have seen that pic before, but it was usually captioned something like, “birds will eat anything,” implying that the bird had just picked up random trash off the street and ate it. I never knew the real story behind it.

    People really suck sometimes.

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