The consumption of plastics by wildlife is a well-documented problem.
Images of stomachs full of plastic bags, jugs, sandals, and any of the other plastic flotsam that make its way into the food chain are now the new normal.
Today, more than 100,000 marine animals that die from plastic entanglement, or the 1 million seabirds that die from ingesting too much plastic. A new research study found that 90% of birds tested had plastic in their stomach.
Plastics do not belong in the ocean. Period.
Loggerhead sea turtles will mistake plastic bag for jellies, albatrosses think plastic resin pellets are fish eggs, and seals and other marine mammals are continuously being entangled by abandoned plastic fishing nets.
What these images don’t capture is the way that microplastics make they way into the food chain; unseen, eaten by zooplankton, krill, and moving all the way up the food chain, leaving chemical residue in animal tissue.