A Journey to the Midway Islands

A Journey to the Midway Islands

In September 2009, Chris Jordan, environmental air jordan shoes photographer, and five other media artists, first visited the Midway Atoll, a set of islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Their mission? To document the fate of some of the most beautiful creatures on earth, cheap air jordan shoes particularly albatrosses. Since then, they have made several more trips to the islands.

Carl Safina, in National Geographic, calls albatrosses "the grandest living flying machines on Earth." With wingspans up to 12 feet, they have learned to use the wind to travel hundreds of miles without flapping! Parent albatrosses can travel as much as 10,000 miles to find and deliver food for their chicks.

Midway Atoll, a national wildlife refuge in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, contains the worlds largest colony of albatrosses. However, these days, Safina says,

"Corpses of goose-size chicks litter the island. A few have wing deformities, likely from eating lead paint flaked from buildings. Hideously, the body cavities of many cheap jordan shoes dead chicks contain cigarette lighters and other discarded plastic their parents swallowed at sea and fed to them."

These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll. 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, jordan shoes online 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.

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