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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 »

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

Many seabird species, including the blue petrel (Halobaena caerulea), consume plastic at sea because algae on the plastic produce an odor that resembles their food sources. J.J. Harrison, Author provided. The oceans are full of plastic, but why do ...and more »

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

A new study sheds light on why so many seabirds, fish, whales, and other critters are gobbling up so much marine plastic debris. And it's not quite what scientists thought. Picture of a black-footed albatross eating plastic. View Images. This black ...and more »

Something Stinks: Why Seabirds Eat So Much Plastic - Discover Magazine (blog)

When some species of seabirds dive down to snatch a tasty meal from the ocean's surface, they get a nasty surprise instead: a beak full of plastic. The consumption of plastic debris in the oceans by sea life who mistake it for food is a major problem ...and more »

Seabirds eat floating plastic debris because it smells like food, study finds - The Guardian

Birds and other marine creatures ingest plastic and this can lead to damage to internal organs, gut blockages or chemical build-ups in tissues. Photograph: Dan Clark/USFWS/AP. Seabirds are enticed into eating plastic debris because it smells like their ...and more »

Plastic in the ocean smells delicious to seabirds - Cosmos

Our oceans swarm with debris and seabirds snap it up all too often. New research suggests chemical cues play a big part. Evelyn Fetterplace explains. Share. Tweet. A dead Laysan albatross with a belly full of plastic it ate at sea. New research shows ...and more »

Scientists Now Know Why Some Seabirds Eat So Much Plastic - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Gabrielle Nevitt remembers the first time she noticed the smell. It was sometime in the early 1980s and she was an undergraduate, heading out to sea on a research ...and more »

Why do seabirds eat plastic? The answer stinks - University of California

Some species of seabirds, including blue petrels, are particularly vulnerable to eating plastic debris at sea. 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 ...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. Unfortunately, a new study published ...and more »

Plastic waste chemical attracts hungry seabirds - Chemistry World

Now, a team of scientists from the University of California have found that microplastic debris releases dimethyl sulfide (DMS), which triggers an olfactory response in seabirds searching for food. DMS is produced by the breakdown of chemicals present ...and more »