PacSci-Doku: “Endangered Flyer”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

 

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

What bird is threatened because of plastic trash in the environment?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

a  A  s  S  T  O  B  L  R

PacSci-Doku: "Endangered Flyer"

Puzzle Difficulty: Hard

The Answer

PacSci-Doku: "Endangered Flyer" Answer

The Answer

The question in this edition is:

What bird is threatened because of plastic trash in the environment?

The answer: Albatross

Ninety percent of all seabirds now have plastic debris in their guts, up from 10 percent in the 1970s and 1980s. The albatross is one of the endangered species because they feed in areas were plastic debris tends to accumulate. Brightly colored debris attracts the birds, so dead albatrosses have been found with lighters, pens, bottle caps and other debris in their stomachs. This abundance of plastic debris also threatens other seagoing life, including fish, whales and sea turtles. Read more about the challenge that plastic debris poses to seabirds.

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