The plastic waste that is in our oceans claims yet another life

Written by Craig Nash/Peregrine’s Bird Blog

I headed out to my local patch this morning at Killard NR. I arrived at Ben Derg beach and there were a couple of Dunlin on the rocks and a couple of pairs of Ringed Plover. The Ringed Plover both have young. One has two and the other one. There were also a few Oystercatchers on the shoreline making a racket and as I approached two flew off and I noticed a dead one and was even more shocked to see the way that it had died. It had this plastic item jammed over its lower mandible. When I turned it over and felt its breast it was skeletal. So had basically died of starvation.

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Infact the moment it put its beak into this object it had signed its death warrant. I had great difficulty myself in removing it from the beak. Once it stuck it in the tiny hole on one side the metal strips on the other side allowed it to push further but not out again.

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I dread to think how long it took this bird to die.

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It is just so depressing to see the amount of plastic waste that washes up daily on the shoreline mainly I suspect from fishing boats. There was also another piece of litter on the reserve being two semi deflated balloons which were probably released at some party or charity function. Releasing balloons should be banned.

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2 responses to “The plastic waste that is in our oceans claims yet another life

  1. This is just the tip of the iceberg… Thousands of animals, sea- and shorebirds have been vanished by irresponsible human behaviours. Education and raising public awareness should be a solution for long term but this fight seems to be an endless journey.Residents in some countries are not even aware of the effect of their daily routines. When you go to Jakarta and visit the Muara Angke Reserve and watching to the right from the footbridge you will see a ‘late’ river with completely black water and thousands of floating plastic bottles directly into the sea. Nobody controls that as people are not even aware where those bottles will land and what potential damage they can cause.Who will do education? Good question but it must be started before we, humans, all die by polluting our waters. I was thinking a kind of shock therapy…

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