Liz Bonnin’s BBC1 documentary Drowning in Plastic has left a lasting impact on viewers, many of whom took to social media to praise the groundbreaking film.
Viewers were shocked by “upsetting” and “heartbreaking” scenes showing the damage inflicted by plastic waste.
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During the documentary, Bonnin watched a shearwater chick’s stomach being pumped to remove pieces of plastic.
She also accompanied a team of biologists who examined a dead seal pup, later determining a plastic chord wrapped round its neck as the cause of death.
“This is just utterly heartbreaking and devastating,” one viewer posted on Twitter. “How have we allowed this happen to our planet?”
This is just utterly heartbreaking and devastating. How have we allowed this happen to our planet? #DrowningInPlastic
— Sophie Blake (@sophieRblake) October 1, 2018
Less than 5 mins into #DrowningInPlastic and it’s already horrifying. 30-40+ pieces of plastic regurgitated from a chick stomach that’s been fed them by its parents.
— Karen Sutton ???????????????? ???? (@KarenSuttonECO) October 1, 2018
Those poor chicks with bellies full of plastic!! I'm horrified. Unbelievable!!!!???????? #DrowningInPlastic
— Tracey (@Sparklyeyedone) October 1, 2018
Viewers also urged others to watch the show, with one Twitter user deeming the documentary “heartbreaking but SO important”.
#DrowningInPlastic is heartbreaking but SO important, everyone should be forced to watch it.
— roseannabelle arroyo (@rozzerbelle) October 2, 2018
— Delta Yankee (@MisterYapp) October 1, 2018
#drowninginplastic and it’s really upsetting to see the state of our oceans,” one viewer wrote on Twitter. “Can not believe how much plastic the sealife have in their stomachs. Hope we can fix the problem and start to reverse.”
Just watching #drowninginplastic and it’s really upsetting to see the state of our oceans. Can not believe how much plastic the sealife have in their stomachs.
Hope we can fix the problem and start to reverse.
— Dave Z Photography (@DaveZ_uk) October 1, 2018
Now that was sobering viewing. #drowninginplastic – a heartbreaking snapshot of our global environmental crisis. And well said, @lizbonnin. To turn back the plastic tide we have to turn off the plastic tap.
— Karen Cannard (@KarenCannard) October 1, 2018
You can catch up on Drowning in Plastic on BBC iPlayer here.