Sir David Attenborough had a "heartbreaking" experience seeing an albatross trying to feed her chicks with plastic, speaking about the filming of his highly successful wildlife documentary Blue Planet.
According to the American museum Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History the Laysan Albatross suffers especially badly.
The Laysan albatross us particularly at risk of accidentally eating plastic
It catches fish by skimming the surface of the water with its beak, inadvertently picking up floating plastic, which they then feed to chicks. And while the adults can regurgitate their food, the chicks cannot. The plastic therefore remains in their stomachs and it can make them feel full which can cause them to stop eating, even though they are actually starving.
Animals can also die as the plastic can strangle sea animals.
Every minute, the equivalent of a rubbish-truck load of plastic goes into the oceans but it does not decompose. If people continue to dispose of plastic at the same rate as today, then by 2050 the ocean's plastic could weigh more than the fish.
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