April 18, 2017
Every day, millions of tiny plastic fragments, known as microfibres, are released into the seas, where they are eaten by animals.
And a new study shows that it isn’t just birds, turtles and dolphins put at deadly risk from plastic waste drifting in the waters.
Tiny plankton at the bottom of the marine food chain are also consuming microfibres, with devastating impacts on the ecosystem of our seas.
Dr Richard Kirby, a plankton scientist from Plymouth, collected a sample of the almost-invisible planktonic creatures that are at the bottom of the marine food chain by towing a net through the water off Devon.
When he placed the sample under the microscope to look at what they had been ingesting he found plastic microfibres less than two millimetres long and finer than a human hair prevalent among them.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:28 am