Ocean, Pollution, and Seabirds
According to research done in Alaska on ocean pollution, 25% of seabirds were found to contain plastic pellets or plastic fragments in their stomachs. Some species of seabirds, 83% of the short-tailed shearwaters and 75% of the parakeet auklets for example, contained plastic particles when examined.
Alaskan seabirds have a higher rate of plastic in their stomachs due to the ocean currents from Japan that may bring additional plastic debris than other parts of the world.
Plastic that ends up in the stomachs of seabirds can generally lead to a smaller than normal sized bird. This is caused due to birds eating less if their stomachs are full of plastic and can lead seabirds struggling to survive.
The large plastic vortex of pollution in the Pacific Ocean could also lead to marine life damage. I challenge corporations or private investors to create a machine that skims the surface of the ocean to clean it up of debris and plastic pollution. To me the idea is one that may entice entrepreneurs and may qualify for grant money since the cause would be to the benefit of the environment.
There is a strong correlation between the ocean, pollution, and seabirds that as a society we should take better care of.
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