03 October 2020

Saddest photo I've seen in a long time


Oluvil, Sri Lanka.  "Elephants forage for food at a rubbish dump encroaching on their jungle habitat. Examination of dead elephants has revealed undigested polythene and other plastic waste."  Photograph: Tharmaplan Tilaxan/Cover Images, via The Guardian.

3 comments:

  1. This happens with whales, fish and countless other animals out of sight and out of mind in the once deep blue sea...

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  2. > undigested polythene

    is there 'digestible' polythene?

    I-)

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    1. Depends on the critter that is consuming it. Wax moth (Galleria mellonella) caterpillars are able to consume polythene. They are being studied in hope of finding a method of degrading the plastic in the future.

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