Plastic particles were found to be common pollutants in stomachs of Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Cape Petrels breeding on the Antarctic continent. Highest incidence of plastics was found in chicks of Wilson’s Storm Petrels that had died before fledging. Few or no plastics were found in Snow Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Evidence suggests that most plastics originate from wintering areas outside the Antarctic, and that relatively few plastics are available in Antarctic waters. Possible hazards of plastic levels observed in Wilson’s Storm Petrels are discussed.
Published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 12: 672-674 (1998)