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Fulmar autopsy on Dutch television

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May 8, 2012

Elisa Bravo Rebolledo of IMARES gave a demonstration on Youth News Television of the autopsy of a Fulmar conducted at a primary school.

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During the ‘Week of Sustainability’ the national Dutch Youth News Television and the Plastic Soup Foundation paid attention to the plastic pollution of the sea.

Elisa Bravo Rebolledo of IMARES gave a live demonstration of the autopsy of a Fulmar conducted at primary school ‘The Kariboe’.

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The stomach of the bird dissected in the video contained considerably more plastics than shown. The photo’s show the full plastic contents, with at the left the contents of glandular first stomach, and at the right the contents of the muscular gizzard. Overall the stomach (nr FAE-2011-X30) containe 20 pieces of plastic, among which one industrial granule, a large nylon thread, and a number of fragments of user products. Together all plastics weighed 0.9742 gram (which is above average for North Sea, but for that purpose it was selected for the demonstration).