“We had to shout at [the bird we nicknamed] Albi, because he was going for a piece of plastic instead of prey,” Paul Lecomte, Ben's nephew and the expedition manager, told The Dodo. “Albi is not good at telling the difference between life and plastic, and we found out that he is very attracted by colorful debris. Every time we saw him going for a plastic meal, we reacted with a big ‘No!’”
Albatross are said to be a very good omen for sailors, but that day, it was the birds who had luck on their sides. Since this species hunts at the water’s surface, they are especially vulnerable to accidentally eating plastic debris. Over time, impacted trash in their stomachs will kill them.