27 October 2021

Conundrum

 Before I write about our anniversary trip to Lincoln, here's a problem for you to solve...

What is this? I took the photograph in Lincoln but that is almost irrelevant. The solution will be given later today - Wednesday. In the meantime, I hope that a few of  this blog's esteemed visitors will make their suggestions. No cunning use of Google please!

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These are the 276 pieces of plastic that  were found in  the stomach of a 90 day old albatross chick that died on Midway Island in the North Pacific Ocean in 2012. They were arranged and displayed on that black background by award winning photographer and environmentalist Mandy Barker. Currently on display in The Collection gallery in Lincoln.

What have we done?

23 comments:

  1. plastics found in some frighteningly small environmental sample

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  2. I think all the pieces have to be rearranged to make a cute dog picture.

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    1. That's a....mmmm....creative suggestion Andrew!

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  3. Rubbish discarded in the street?

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  4. Plastics found in some bird/animal's poo? Hope not an autopsy.

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    1. Very close. In fact quite right Potty.

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  5. Bottle caps and other bits of plastic found in the stomach of a big fish or whale.

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    1. But not a big fish or whale I am sad to say.

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  6. Looks like plastic and microplastic to me too. Not a picture up to your usual exacting standards of clarity when zoomed in.

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    1. Sorry about that it was a badly lit gallery and I may have been trembling.

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    2. Seen the answer now. As I keep saying, when they started mass producing this stuff in the fifties, what did they think was going to happen to it?

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  7. Enlarging doesn't help, but it looks as though it's mounted, and hung on the wall. Someone's latest artistic masterpiece? Those pieces could be joined together to make a whole, but I've no idea what.

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    1. Good try Carol but off track I am afraid.

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  8. The answer was already up but I was going to suggest the contents of "a man drawer"

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    1. I guess that man drawers are found in man caves...or are man drawers underpants?

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  9. I would have guessed plastic from some poor creature's stomach, but I'm astonished that a bird just 90 days old could accumulate all that.

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  10. My guess would have been something along those lines, but not quite so horrible as this. While I do consider climate change a valid and pressing issue (even if I do question some aspects), I'm far more concerned with the ways we are polluting our planet. (thinking about the huge "rafts" of plastic floating in the oceans) Your post is another sad example.

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  11. Yeah. How microplastics happen.

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  12. The lyrics of Last Great American Whale - Lou Reed comes to mind. We seem to be drowning in plastic.

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  13. Plastic is a huge problem that we have created for ourselves and the environment around us. I think it should be banned or not made unless a recycling option if created and fully funded up front, something like bottle deposits that we have in some states in the U.S. You buy your soda, pay the recycling fee up front and only get that money back if you turn it in for recycling.

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  14. Plastics are being found in infants' poop at 10 times the level it is seen in adults' poop. It's good that your grand-daughter will not take a bottle, as the plastic bottles for forumula are a source. Basically we've killed the planet, and ourselves; we're all dead, we just don't know it yet.

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