Wednesday, October 28, 2009

worth thousands of words...

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

there are dozens of similar photos on the website where they are are much more impressive than this one ive copied here...go to chris jordan's website to view all of them...


  1. This reminds me of the movie [The Graduate]. ========PLASTICS======We are killing the planet. Plain and simple. In America alone we use 5X the natural resources than what the planet can regenerate.

  2. Ocean currents have brought together a big floating mass of trash, known as the Pacific Ocean's garbage patch. To see how different colonies of albatross might be affected, researchers attached tracking devices to dozens of adult birds from two groups of birds living about 2,150 kilometers apart—one on Oahu Island in Hawaii and another in Kure Atoll, northwest of the main Hawaiian islands, closer to the International Dateline. The researchers also collected regurgitated boluses from the chicks in these colonies to see how much unnatural flotsam the small fowl had been fed.

    This is so tragic!

  3. We will pay for this. Stewards of this planet we are not. Tragic beyond belief and truth beyond understanding for the highest lifeform on the planet. There can be no redemption from the unchecked abuse of the earth upon which we depend for our very survival.

    The picture of this chick is a metaphor for what has become of our own human minds and bodies;full of trash and garbage and lacking sustenance. Sad beyond verbal expression.