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Out of Sight, Out of Mind…But in the Stomach

March 7, 2012

Does your garbage affect the wildlife in Hawaii?

Garbage from all over the world ends up in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"...much of which ends up in the fragile Northwestern Hawaiian Islands...do you see the rare endangered monk seal in the center left of the picture?

All of this junk was found in the stomach of just one dead seabird in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands! So remember...just because you never see your garbage again...it doesn't just disappear...so be sure you recycle and take care that you dispose of refuse properly. The lives of millions of birds and marine creatures in Hawaii are at risk because of our actions! Let's work towards making sights like these a thing of the past! Aloha! (Photos taken at the Discovery Center of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawaii)

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  1. March 7, 2012 10:30 am

    Wow, those are definitely some eye-opening photos. I can’t even believe that a bird could fit all that trash in it’s body! That’s very depressing but a good realization as to how simple littering can affect the environment.

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