15 May '18, 2pm

From Plankton to Mahi-Mahi and Beyond: Toxic Plastic Is Traveling Up the Food Chain

From Plankton to Mahi-Mahi and Beyond: Toxic Plastic Is Traveling Up the Food Chain

Even a hundred yards out from the stern of the old steel sloop, the fish at the end of the line looked enormous. And it was strong: As it leapt up out of the water in an attempt to free the hook from its mouth, its long body—green and yellow and speckled with fluorescent blue—slashed violently, unspooling more and more line. The sailor at the end of the reel had to put up a significant fight to avoid losing his rod in the vast blue Pacific. "That is a mahi-mahi, the most beautiful fish in the world!" called out the ship's captain. At the beginning of the third week of what would turn out to be a 23-day scientific expedition across the Eastern North Pacific Gyre—a highly polluted ocean vortex that swirls clockwise from the California coast to the Hawaiian Islands and back again—a fresh fish was a welcome source of food for his crew of eight. Erica Cirino After several minut...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/ocean-microplastics-food-chain-2...

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