Posted on December 7, 2009 by

Plastic In Our Oceans

It’s hard to imagine the environmental impact created by items we use everyday. Lighters, bottles and other things we use often find their way into our waterways. There are islands of plastic that can be deadly to bird and fish populations. Even in remote areas of the earth, the effects of floating plastic can be seen.

These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 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.

~Chris Jordan
October 2009

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