Dead Albatross Chicks with Bellies Full of Our Trash [Very Sad]

Friday, 23 October 2009
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Boing Boing posted an article earlier this that really disturbed me. It was a collection of photos of dead albatross chicks taken on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The photo collection was absolutely devastating to me considering the massive amount of plastic in the chick’s bellies and the fact that the islands are 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

Sadly, none of the photos were altered in any way.

From the website:

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.

Dead Albatross Chick. Photo Credit: Chris Jordan

Click through for the full collection of photos and while you are there, check out his other amazing photos regarding the environment and consumption. It will blow you away.


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More info: chrisjordan.com

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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