29 Feb '16, 10pm

Plastic-filled plankton poop threatens the oceans

Few things in this world are more terrifying than free-floating poop. It ranks just below megalodons, Carnival cruises , and tequila shots as the biggest threat to swimmers worldwide. The mere sight of a floater is enough to ruin a perfectly good day at the beach. But a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology suggests that it might actually be the dookie we can’t see that should worry us the most. According to the study, microscopic poop pellets that come from plankton can be chock full of plastic pollution. And when those pellets sink to the ocean depths, they bring that plastic with them, delivering it straight to the mouths of fish, crustaceans, and other organisms. Indeed, the researchers found that fecal pellets containing plastic tended to have lower densities and thus sank slower than non-polluted poop, providing more time for passing...

Full article: http://grist.org/article/plastic-filled-plankton-poop-thr...

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