Exquisitely Disturbing Dead Albatross

heartrending plight of the albatross chicks who call the Great Pacific Garbage Patch home

Heartrending plight of the albatross chicks who call the Great Pacific Garbage Patch home:

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. – Chris Jordon

Photographer Chris Jordan has published a series of images identified as dead albatross on Midway Atoll whose bodies are filled with bits of plastic they ingested.

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~ by Fionnlagh on October 21, 2009.

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