28 Jun '18, 9am

The plastic crisis sinks to a new low in the deep sea

The plastic crisis sinks to a new low in the deep sea

While soft plastics like bags can harm the animals by smothering them, hard plastics can give some animals like anemones an unfair advantage, Linley said. This is because sea anemones, much like barnacles, float in the water until they find a hard surface, typically rocks, to settle on. One of the study’s findings was that that even in places with no rocky surfaces, sea anemones were able to settle down on hard plastic. “This could potentially spread them into new areas as an invasive species,” Linley said.

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/06/the-plastic-crisis-sink...

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