The researchers studying the impact of debris on the world’s oceans found seabirds with more than 250 plastic pieces in their stomachs. That is yet another research to reveal how much is the plastic waste in the oceans affecting the ecosystems.
Researchers working on Lord Howe Island, off the coast of Australia, found there everything you might think of, from bottle tops to pencils. All these objects are having a very negative impact on the oceans’ ecosystems as well as on the seabirds in that region. Among them, the flesh-footed shearwaters devour more plastic than any other marine creature in the oceans.
According to the scientists, on average, every flesh-footed shearwaters chick presents between 30 and 40 plastic pieces in their stomachs. One particular bird had more than 250 plastic chunks in its gut. Thus, the harmful effects of the plastic waste are disastrous for both marine creatures and seabirds.
The scientists believe that flesh-footed shearwaters seabirds consume more plastic than any other marine animal
According to this new study, more and more seabirds eat so much plastic waste that would equivalate with 10 kilos of food consumed by a human being.
“The numbers have fluctuated, but definitely more and more of the birds have plastic in them, and we are finding an increasing number of birds that are more heavily affected. Quite a number of years ago the average numbers of pieces of plastic per bird may have been closer to five pieces per bird, but now it is more likely to be closer to 30 or 40 pieces per bird, so things are shifting,” stated Dr. Jennifer Lavers, the study’s leading author.
The research is of great significance for scientists as it could reveal the real disastrous impact the plastics have on the marine life, as well as might increase the public and officials awareness on the adverse effects of plastic waste.
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