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Household Plastic Consumed Focus of IMAS Exhibition

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Published on : Apr 30, 2015

Household products such as toothbrushes, children’s toys, and cigarette lighters have been found in the stomach of seabirds. This has prompted artists to have an exhibition that shows the danger posed to wildlife on account of ocean pollution.

The exhibition called Vanishing Point is organized in collaboration of researchers at Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IIMAS) with some artists. The idea of the exhibition is to expose the devastating impact plastic is causing if it enters the waterways and further if it is consumed by seabirds. 
Further, works of biologist Heidi Auman shows worst examples where human waste enters the waterways. She further commented that some things observed in albatross are horrendously catastrophic. 

As per the scientist, as much as a handful of plastics have been removed from the albatross and also materials such as lighters, dishwashing gloves, light bulbs, textas, and just some unidentified plastic. Plastic pollution which particularly includes marine debris is growing at an exponential rate in the world’s water bodies.

The researcher further commented that while in the exhibition people paid attention to the horrendous photographs of plastics found in bodies of birds, it is sad to see they are not able to connect or place themselves as the cause of the condition.

It is extremely sad to see people not being able to connect to the toothbrush r any other thing such as discarded coffee cup that finds way to the water bodies. In another horrendous finding, 170 dead chicks in shearwater near Hobart were seized and given to scientists.  It was found that 96% of the birds that were seized from the poacher had plastic in the stomach.

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