Danish study finds 95 percent of dead petrels ingested plastic

phys.org | 6/21/2019 | Staff
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More than 90 percent of northern petrels found dead off the Danish coast had plastic in their stomachs, a study by Denmark's environmental protection agency said Thursday.

"More than 95 percent of corpses of northern petrels found on Danish beaches contain plastic," according to study author John Pedersen.

Petrel - Seabird - North - Sea - North

The petrel, a seabird mainly found in the North Sea and the North Atlantic, generally hunt for food on the surface of the sea, where untold quantities of plastic debris float.

"They fish ... and if there is a little bit of plastic that comes too," leading to a gradual accumulation of plastics in the stomach, said Pedersen, cited by the Danish news agency Ritzau.

Plastic - Feeling

"This (plastic) gives them the feeling of being...
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