Photos Show the Shocking Effect of Plastic on Albatross Chicks

October 27, 2009 / 2 Comments

albatross chicks plastic 1 Photos Show the Shocking Effect of Plastic on Albatross Chicks

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is known to be an “island” of trash, mainly plastic, floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is well known that it has vastly negative effects for marine life, and these shocking pictures from photographer Chris Jordan drive the point home.

During his visit to Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the photographer had the chance to see and photograph the havoc plastic waste is wreaking with the lives of albatross chicks. Parents mistake the waste as food, and feed it to their chicks, hundreds of which then die due to poisoning, choking or deadly blockages.


His photographs show the remains of such albatross chicks, with nearly decayed bodies but with the plastic waste clearly visible in their bodies. The photographer has said that the images show the actual contents in the birds’ stomach, and has not been “moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way.” It really is a stunning, shocking sight.

Source: Yahoo Green