What Is In The Stomach Of An Albatross?
It is very sad to say that plastic is what is in the stomach of an Albatross. It is one of the reasons why Albatross and their chicks die prematurely.
Here are a few videos that are worth watching. You can then engage a conversation with your children/students to reflect on our daily consumption of plastic.
John Klavitter, the deputy wildlife refuge Manager of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife refuge has spent almost 10 years on Midway Island. In this short film, he not only takes a closer look inside one of the dead chicks, but also shares his personal views and connection to the Albatross.
Brace yourself for this short video of the horrifying contents of the stomach of a dead baby albatross on Midway Atoll. The island will soon be covered with tens of thousands of carcasses like this, as the plastic-filled birds die from starvation, dehydration, and choking.
Chris Jordan peels back the ribcage of a decaying albatross chick to reveal yet another belly-cargo of plastic. The ever present bottle cap is joined by a ballpoint pen cap, fishing float, and other assorted plastic junk from the human world that albatrosses forage from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, mistaking it for food.