Gap Fill - Plastic Pollution - Level 6


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A BBC team has filmed footage of the devastating plastic pollution is having on seabirds in the Tasman Sea, which is between Australia and New Zealand. The film was working on the remote Lord Howe Island for a new wildlife called "Drowning in Plastic". They filmed many birds that had died because their stomachs were too full of plastic to be able to eat any food. The birds starved to because there was no room in their stomachs for food. The documentary team filmed biologists working on the island to try and save the birds. The scientists captured of chicks and physically removed plastic from stomachs to give them a of survival.

Marine biologist Jennifer Lavers explained what was happening to the birds. She said the birds were that will eat . She said: "When you put plastic in the , it means they have no ability to detect plastic from -plastic, so they eat it." Adult birds feed the plastic to their chicks, to what they are feeding them. Professor Lavers lamented that of the plastic is "entirely preventable". She said: "We find plastic clothes pegs and plastic tooth . Those could easily be swapped out for other - aluminium or wood. My toothbrush is made of bamboo." TV presenter Liz Bonnin said: "We saw...90 of plastic come out of one of the chicks."

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