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Albatrosses eat our rubbish

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posted on Dec, 6 2009 @ 04:13 PM

The baby albatross (above) was killed by our rubbish.

It was fed by its parents on a diet of bottle tops and pieces of plastic which get washed around their island home.

Albatrosses scour the seas for food in an area known as the Pacific Garbage Patch - but find nothing but a deadly diet of human trash.

Photographer Chris Jordan travelled to the tiny islands of the Midway Atoll - 2,000 miles away from the nearest continent - to take the extraordinary pictures. He said: "Not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, arranged, manipulated or altered in any way.

"Every year, tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity and choking."

Rubbish drifts towards the North Pacific because air heated at the equator rises, stirring the sea below and sweeping its contents into a calm centre, like the eye of a hurricane.

The trash lies suspended just under the ocean surface, where much of it has broken down into tiny fragments which cling together to form an area bigger than France.

posted on Dec, 6 2009 @ 04:21 PM

The thing we're missing is, this isn't a result of not "going green", it's simply a result of our wasteful lifestyle. We have gotten to the point where we throw everything away, it's completely unsustainable. Sure we're recycling more, but we're not finding new uses for used things. Go back 100 years, 200 years or so and see how much those people wasted; nothing. Look at how the indians lived, virtually waste free and they thrived.

It's a sad, sad state we've gotten ourselves into for the sake of convienence and ease.

posted on Dec, 6 2009 @ 04:46 PM
That's a really horrifying picture!

It's stuff like this that we should be spending our energy on, not that bullcrok global warming farce.

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