Why are some seabirds better at avoiding eating plastic?

A 13-year study has found that some shearwaters in Australia appear to be better than others at avoiding feeding plastic to their chicks. 

Earth's oceans are awash with plastic, from tiny pellets to plastic bottles, and animals all over the globe are suffering from the pollution flowing steadily into their habitats.

In Australia, more than 77 marine species are known to be affected by plastic pollution, including birds and seals.

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Last updated on 21 June 2018

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Australia
Region: 
Oceania
Threats: 
Pollution
Species group: 
Birds
CMS tags: 
plastic waste