June 14, 2007
Drowning in Plastic: (L) Washed Up: An albatross gazes at a sea of trash on the Midway Atoll. (C) Jarring: Captain Moore holds a sample of plastic-contaminated seawater from the North Pacific Gyre. (R) Sick to the Stomach: The carcass of an albatross that died with a gut full of plastic trash rots of the beach. —Cynthia Vanderlip / Algalita Marine Research Foundation; (c) Matt Cramer / Algalita Marine Research Foundation
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