Dead Albatross Chicks

In 2009 the photographer and artist Chris Jordan travelled to the Pacific atoll of Midway. In his work Midway: Message from the Gyre he photographed the effects of widespread oceanic plastic pollution.

Some of the most disturbing images are of dead decayed albatross chicks, all with numerous plastic objects in their stomachs, that they had unwittingly swallowed after mistaking them for food.

Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Pacific garbage patch, his presentation to TED is below.

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