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Seabirds eat plastic because it smells like dinner - Futurity: Research News

If it smells like food, and looks like food, it must be food, right? Not in the case of ocean-faring birds that are sometimes found with bellies full of plastic. Marine plastic debris emits the scent of a sulfurous compound that some seabirds have ...and more »

Marine plastic debris emits a keystone infochemical for olfactory foraging seabirds - Science Advances

Plastic debris is ingested by hundreds of species of organisms, from zooplankton to baleen whales, but how such a diversity of consumers can mistake plastic for their natural prey is largely unknown. The sensory mechanisms underlying plastic detection ...and more »

Animals Eat Ocean Plastic Because it Smells Like Food - National Geographic

As the oceans fill with plastic debris, hundreds of marine species eat astonishing amounts of it. Yet the question of why so many species, from the tiniest zooplankton to whales, mistake so much of it for food has never been fully explored. Now a new ...and more »

The oceans are full of plastic, but why do seabirds eat it? - The Conversation US

Imagine that you are constantly eating, but slowly starving to death. Hundreds of species of marine mammals, fish, birds, and sea turtles face this risk every day when they mistake plastic debris for food. Plastic debris can be found in oceans around ...and more »

Why Seabirds Love To Gobble Plastic Floating In The Ocean - NPR

Imagine you're passing a fast-food restaurant and you smell hamburger on the grill. You're hungry, so you pull in and eat one ... and the foam box it comes in. That's apparently what's happening with some oceanic birds. And now scientists think they ...and more »

When seabirds smell plastic in the ocean, they think it's time to eat - Los Angeles Times

Seabirds mistakenly eat plastic debris in the ocean not just because it looks like food, but because it smells like it. When mealtime comes around, many species of ocean-faring birds, including albatrosses and petrels, follow their noses to the smell ...and more »

The sweet scent of plastic lures seabirds to a dangerous snack - New Scientist

By Emily Benson. Birds may follow their noses to dangerous, fake feasts. Bits of plastic left in the ocean develop the same scent that certain seabirds use to locate food – and the aroma could lure hungry birds towards morsels of litter instead of ...and more »

Why do seabirds eat plastic? They think it smells tasty - Science Magazine

By 2050, nearly 200 species of seabirds—from penguins to petrels—will be eating plastic. But what attracts them to this often-deadly debris is more than its resemblance to a tasty morsel of jellyfish or seaweed. The smell of plastic, when fouled by ...and more »

Bad news: Seabirds eat plastic because they think it smells delicious - Popular Science

The sulfurous smell of dying algae might be the opposite of appealing to you, but to certain seabirds it's an olfactory call of “Dinnertime!”, announcing that somewhere in the ocean a veritable feast awaits.and more »

The answer stinks marine plastic debris is an olfactory trap for seabirds - Science Daily

Date: November 10, 2016; Source: UC Davis; Summary: If it smells like food, and looks like food, it must be food, right? Not in the case of ocean-faring birds that are sometimes found with bellies full of plastic. But very little research examines why ...and more »