The albatross bird is dying quickly. And it's entirely our fault.
This majestic feathered bird has the longest wingspan of any bird, sometimes up to 11 feet. They're a unique species. They're beautiful, they're majestic.
But unfortunately plastic is killing them. According to National Geographic, nearly every single seabird on Earth has plastic in them. The albatross goes out far into the ocean to feed itself on average once every two weeks. They dive into the water trying to catch fish. But because of the amount of plastic in our ocean today, they dive into the water and mistake plastic for fish.
Eventually, the plastic stays in their stomach and never disintegrates. Their stomachs get so filled with hundreds of small pieces of plastic that they ultimately can't move and die slowly of starvation and poisoning.
Our friend and filmmaker, Chris Jordan, spent the past seven years documenting the albatross on Midway, an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Earlier this year, he released his documentary, "Albatross." In it, he shows the heart-wrenching images of dying albatross. He shows the beauty of the bird and its ugly death caused by mankind.
His images show lighters, bottle-caps, straws, and other pieces of plastic of all sizes inside the thousands of dead albatross birds.
Plastic kills one million albatross birds every year.