How is Ocean Waste Tricking Seabirds?
How is Ocean Waste Tricking Seabirds?.
Plastic waste poses a serious problem for wildlife, causing a variety of problems.
As well as potential suffocation, plastic waste can be poisonous to seabirds who often digest the materials.
But a recent discovery has revealed that the situation might actually be far worse.
Chemical attraction It’s bad enough having toxic plastic waste in the ocean, but now researchers have discovered that birds are being attracted to the plastics.
They give off a chemical that certain species of seabird normally use to locate their food.
So how does it happen?
Dangerous dinner time Birds that are more reliant on the smell of dimethyl sulphide are naturally more likely to ingest the plastic.
How can we measure water pollution?
Water pollution doesn’t end at plastic.