Message from the Gyre
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny
stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed
bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting
what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year
tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of
these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images
depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one
of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.
~cj, October 2009