MIDWAY – Message From The Gyre

Marine plastic debris is a problem of overwhelming concern, from how the massive quantities of material that have accumulated in mid-ocean gyres (areas of ocean circulation that retain particles in slow moving whirls) to the effects of plastic debris on marine animals that accidentally ingest it.  MIDWAY – Message From The Gyre is a documentary that focuses on the albatross, which uses Midway Atoll for nesting.  Albatross chicks are unwittingly fed plastic by their parents, who are foraging in the Pacific Garbage Patch – a floating mass of plastics and other trash in the tropical Pacific Ocean.  The chicks starve to death, despite their stomachs being full [of plastic trash].

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