It's not just the Pacific either, unfortunately. My husband and I visited
Svalbard in the Arctic on a trip last year, and I was saddened to see plastic
on some of the beaches there. Someone in the group also saw plastic in a polar
bear scat, so it can also be an added hazard for an animal under pressure
already from the warmer climate. Many sea birds also nest there, so it's
possible they could also be involved with dangers from the plastic rubbish.
On 21/10/2013, at 6:03 PM, "Prof Michael Tarburton"
> Thanks Carl for drawing our attention to this article.
> At first I thought it might just be the time of the year that gave him
> lean pickings, but then it appears he is experienced and observant and
> is on to something serious.
> If you want to see some of the plastic junk in an even more remote
> part of the Pacific. Go into Google Earth, turn photos on and do a
> goto for -24.349154 -128.305751 Zero in until you see only one
> photo symbol. Click on it to see three photos entitled: "Trash on
> the east Beach, impressive amounts" This is on Henderson Island east
> of the remote Pitcairn Island.
> A couple of months ago I saw 7-10 photos of trash - I thought it was
> on Ducie or Oeno island, and I estimated one 10 tonne truck load per
> 10 metres of beach. Unfortunately I cannot find that link tonight.
> & I thought the amount of plastic on Chilli Beach on Cape York was
> something to worry about!
> Happy birding
> Mike Tarburton
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