Birds eating plastic—that was not news to me. But I hadn’t heard about whales unwittingly consuming plastic while feeding, as indicated by this article on Real News 24.
It makes sense. If the ocean gyres are full of plastic trash, then marine animals will ingest some of that trash just by swimming through the polluted areas.
Here’s information about the Midway Journey project and film, which explains what’s happening to the birds of Midway Island, located northwest of the Hawaiian Islands, midway between North America and Asia. Midway is in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.