05 Feb '18, 5pm

Microplastics Pose Major Problems for Ocean Giants

Whale sharks can ingest 200 pieces of plastic per day. Microplastics Pose Major Problems for Ocean Giants Some of our oceans ' largest creatures are being threatened by the tiniest bits of plastic that litter our seas , a new analysis published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution found. Filter-feeding marine animals such as manta rays and whale sharks swallow hundreds to thousands of cubic meters of water a day to capture plankton to eat. But at the same time, these gentle giants are swallowing up microplastics from plastic-filled waters or through contaminated prey . Ingesting these bits could be hazardous to filter feeders because of the toxic chemicals the particles contain. According to a review of the study, "plastic-associated chemicals and pollutants can accumulate over decades and alter biological processes in the animals, leading to altered growth, develo...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/microplastics-marine-life-253160...

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