Midway: Documentary about dying Albatrosses filled with Plastic

Vor drei Jahren postete ich Chris Jordans Fotoserie über tote Albatrosse auf den Midwayinseln, die von ihren Eltern mit im Meer treibenden Plastikmüll gefüttert werden, den diese nicht von ihrer natürlichen Nahrung unterscheiden können. Seit dem hat er weiterfotografiert und eine kickstarterfinanzierte Dokumentation namens „Midway“ auf die Beine gestellt. Und der Trailer dazu ist mehr als ungemütlich. Fieses, großartiges, unbequemes, wichtiges Projekt!

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Von Wired:

For three years, Seattle photographer Chris Jordan and a small crew of cinematographers have been filming the albatross living and breeding on the island for an upcoming documentary called Midway. Jordan says the albatross has been around for millions of years and for the majority of that time they didn’t have to distinguish what they could and could not ingest. “Today, instead of coming home with a stomach full of squid these birds are coming home with a stomach full of lighters and other plastic objects,” he says.

John Klavitter, a wildlife biologist and the deputy refuge manager at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, says adult albatrosses have the ability to regurgitate objects in their stomachs but chicks don’t develop that reflex until they are about four and a half months old. As a result the chicks’ stomachs are filling up with more plastic than food. Often times, he says, the plastic punctures the bird’s stomachs, creating life-threatening injuries. Other times they die of dehydration, starvation or poisonous toxicity.

“The plastic often acts like a magnet for toxins and contaminants floating out in the ocean,” he says. To put it into perspective Klavitter says that in total, 20 tons of manmade debris ends up on Midway each year and five tons of that is the plastic fed to the chicks.

Plastic-Filled Albatrosses Are Pollution Canaries in New Doc