Balloons most lethal type of plastic for sea life

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Australian researchers have found that balloons are 30 times more likely to kill seabirds than hard plastic.

Scientists studied the gut contents of dead seabirds in Australia and New Zealand waters, have found balloon debris is the most lethal type of plastic the birds can swallow.

Seabirds are the world’s most threatened group of birds, with nearly half of the species experiencing population decline.

A key reason for this comes from them eating plastic.

Although most of the balloons removed from dead birds were degraded and lacked markings, researcher Lauren Roman, from the University of Tasmania, said she believed they were mostly party balloons.

The researchers compared more than 1700 birds which included petrels, shearwaters and albatross.

The reason balloons and other soft plastics are so lethal, according to the researchers, is that they are able to squeeze into stomach cavities.

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Hugh
Hugh
2 years ago

BAN BALLOONS NOW

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I love sea life

ilikefish
ilikefish
2 years ago

amazing but sad

gold fish
gold fish
2 years ago

STOOP LITERING

gold fish
gold fish
2 years ago

STOOOOOP LITTERING

gold fish
gold fish
2 years ago

HOW SAD):

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

what

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh NO! I love seabirds D:

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m never using balloons again

uname
uname
2 years ago

seabirds are dyeing for balloons so ban balloons for good

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

sea life will die very soon and we wont have more so BAN BALLOONS

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

sealife are so cute and soon they will be DEAD so BAN BALLOONS

mason
mason
2 years ago

so so sad

mason
mason
2 years ago

so so sad for the sealife

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

sad

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow

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