Graduate Group in Ecology

Why Do Seabirds Eat Plastic? The Answer Stinks

November 09, 2016

Marine Plastic Debris Is An Olfactory Trap for Seabirds

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 birds make the mistake of eating plastic in the first place.