Different types of pollution affect seabirds negatively in many different ways. Oil pollution, most often originating from oil drill sites or tanker spills, kills seabirds by matting their feathers together and destroying the feathers’ waterproof qualities. Without their waterproof coating, seabirds are left vulnerable to cold ocean water, and are likely to freeze to death. Another important source of ocean is plastic litter, which is often dumped into ocean waters from ships or heavily-used beaches. Seabirds may mistake floating plastic garbage for fish, and end up swallowing the litter. This can damage the internal organs of birds, eventually killing them.
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