marine debris

Why Do Seabirds Eat Plastic? The Answer Stinks

November 10, 2016
If it smells like food, and looks like food, it must be food, right? It turns out that marine plastic debris emits the scent of a sulfurous compound that some seabirds have relied upon for thousands of years to tell them where to find food, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. This olfactory cue essentially tricks the birds into confusing marine plastic with food.