I’ve been researching get the effects of plastic in our oceans for an up and coming new Tacrem Adventure title. My research has taken me from a BBC Natural World documentary featuring the applying plastic debris that is swept up on some of the islands of Hawai i. It also shows quite graphically how the plastic is affecting the marine and bird life, especially the Albatrosses over there. Many of the young birds can’t even learn to fly because their stomachs contain plastics. The presenter scoured an area full of dead birds.Their decaying bodies were open to the elements, and the contents of their stomachs were on view. The presenter collected some of these items, and there was everything from golf balls to print cartridges, toothbrushes to cigarette lighters. It was unbelievable. It seems that the adult birds cannot determine floating plastic from fish and that’s what they feed their young. Then there was the sheer amount of plastic being washed up on the beaches which was impossible to comprehend.
By the way, you may find this well-researched article by Wendy Kathryn regarding plastic pollution useful: Plastic Is Killing our Oceans – The Issues, Facts, and Possible Solutions