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September 01, 2016
Seabirds eat debris that looks like natural prey
Brisbane, Australia (UPI) Aug 31, 2016
As pollution piles up in the ocean and on shore, seabirds are paying the ultimate price. In examining the stomachs and intestines of dead birds collected in Australia, researchers found ingested debris often resembles the size, shape and color of natural prey. "How the birds feed effects the type of debris they ingest, along with their habitat," Kathy Townsend, a researcher at the University of Queensland, said in a news release. "For example, pursuit-diving species such as shags and cor ... read more

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