Laysan, a remote Hawaiian island that is 930 miles/1496km northwest of Honolulu, is home to Laysan albatross chicks who wait for their parents to return from weeks long food find expeditions.
When the parents do make it back, they are unknowingly feeding their chicks plastic. The Laysan albatross gets its food by skimming the surface, and more and more often plastic is part of the catch. The chicks won’t likely survive to make their first flight if they have ingested too much plastic.
Not only that, but the beach where the chicks wait is littered with plastic that has washed up from the ocean.
How can we help? By limiting plastic usage or saying no to plastic all together, ensuring it is disposed of properly and supporting organizations that are working to clean up the ocean.
Want to learn more? Watch Albatross the film, a freely available documentary.