And I got to wondering...
Message from the Gyre
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago 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.
~cj, October 2009
Most animals know what is food and what is not. Sure they will eat one maybe two pop bottle lids but by the third they got to be talking to each other
" Oy there govenr. You know. 'ese lil round fish are rather easy to catch and they sure fill a chap up but they really taste like crap, dont they?"
"Aye Nigel and by the sweet lord 'ave to tried crapping one out yet? I thought I was giving birth to me own self, I did"
(I am not sure why the birds talk with bad British accents though? odd birds.)
Maybe one day science will discover that these birds were actually part of some odd cultist religion (*cough-Scientology-cough*) and they had to consume massive amounts of disposable lighters, plastic bottle tops and other bits for their great ride to heaven behind the great silver bird that passed over every 78 days.
They just happened to croak it before their order from Nike online had shown up yet. (damn you FEDEX! Damn you all to hell-ish)
Then again. I could be wrong.
been known to happen.
PS: OK yeah. I agree. Horrible thing that our consuming is killing innocent animals. but if you cant make light of it then that just leaves screaming and running mad in the streets and well, I have reached my quota for this week already.
I will bet you that in the next 50 years the moon will be our next dumping site or we will find a way to shoot huge barge loads of junk into the sun for a economical price.
Either that or move everyone in Australia on to a moon colony and use the remaining island a dumpsville. We could already actually, they only REALLY use the coast lines.