Auntie Moana's little, green squarish things? Hhhhmmm; before I talk about them, have a look at these 3 pictures. They show all the debris we got from the area called BM03 (Beach Monitoring area #3) when we surveyed it this past Friday.
There are 4 Beach Monitoring sites on Midway's Sand Island -- BM02, BM03, BM05 and BM07. Check out the "Midway Map" tab at the top of this page. The 4 blue numbers will show you the sites. (There's an additional Beach Monitoring site on Eastern Island.)
completed data table for BM03.
But remember that little, green, square thing in the bolus that Auntie Moana talked about in the last post? We found 3 gray ones during the Friday BM03 survey! You'll see them toward the top left in the first picture above. Here's a close-up:
But plastic lasts a long time, and if they're washing around in the ocean being swallowed by albatross, which then accidentally feed them to their young chicks...those little tubes are a problem. The video "306 Punches" shows how much plastic can be in a chick's stomach. Be warned: the video shows the insides of a dead Laysan Albatross!
I'm going to try and find out more about these little tubes. If I'm successful, I'll tell you in a new post.