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Mutton birds diet on plastic debri

September 30, 2014


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A new report has found that shearwaters have a high debri load, packing plastic on their annual migration.

Short tailed shearwaters in V shaped flocks the size of Boeing 747s are winging their way across the Pacific Ocean towards the Gold Coast carrying an unwelcome payload.

They make landfall around the Gold Coast on their 15000km return from the Alaska to nesting grounds in Bass Strait this time every year, but new information has emerged about just how many of them are carrying plastic in their guts.

Two thirds of all Australia’s 28 million shearwaters have ingested plastic in the stomachs, the lead analyst of a three year marine debris research project says.

CSIRO Senior Research Scientist Chris Wilcox says one of the most surprising findings of his analysis was how much plastic and debris is in shearwaters and animals in general.

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