MIDWAY JOURNEY II – Junk Food

Brace yourself for this short video of the horrifying contents of the stomach of a dead baby albatross on Midway Atoll.

The island will soon be covered with tens of thousands of carcasses like this, as the plastic-filled birds die from starvation, dehydration, and choking.

Video by: Jan Vozenilek

Music by: Christen Lien

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  1. Molly Bryant
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    This is so sad!
    I lived on Midway as a child and the only dead birds we saw were those because of an injury.

  2. Mackenzie
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I met a scientist from the trip to midway recently, and he taught me so much! I want to do whatever I can to help these poor birds.

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