I read with great interest Kevin Heimbigner's "Great Pacific garbage patch becoming deadly plastic nightmare" in the Nov. 7 Chinook Observer. And I can't help but add my personalized Ocean Park/Peninsula addition to his account of the status of massive debris floating on the Pacific and it's harmful effects.

I found and photographed a dead Northern fulmar with stomach full of plastic on the path that connects our Ocean Park home to the beach in May 2004. It can't get much closer to your home than that. And you can't get much more descriptive of the harmful impact this massive float of garbage is creating for wildlife.

Why plastic in his tummy? Being competitive ocean surface food foragers, these types of offshore birds snatch first; try to digest later. Those that rescue and/or study dead shore birds will tell you they find lots of this evidence on a continual basis. Just ask them. This direct deadly plastic doesn't begin to speak to the long-term plastic photo-degradation resulting in plastic polymers that house harmful oily toxins that don't dissolve in salt water.

Can we really continue to use plastic with the same reckless abandon any longer?

Ellen Anderson

Ocean Park

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