Photo and words by @PaulNicklen
|Emperor penguins propel themselves out of Antarctica's icy waters in astonishing leaps that defy gravity. Antarctica is often thought to be a highly isolated and pristine environment. Scientific studies have shown that this is not the case. Microplastics, bits of larger plastic debris that have degraded into smaller and smaller pieces, can be found in the region and are distressing wildlife. Seals and penguins can eat plastic debris and choke, or become entangled in it. Zooplankton, such as krill, also ingest microplastics, introducing harmful chemicals into the polar food chain. #TurningTheTide
Entertainer and activist Zooey Deschanel (@zooeydeschanel
), co-founder of the Farm Project (@farmproject
), is guest curating the @natgeo
feed today as we launch Planet or Plastic? (#PlanetorPlastic
), a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic crisis. Check back throughout the day to see Zooey’s selection of powerful images related to ocean plastics and the threat they pose to the environment. -----
----- Stunning Photo!!!!!!!!!!