When marine creatures turn plastic dumpsites

Feb 05, 2019, 7:55 AM EST
(Source: Laura Blankenship/flickr)
(Source: Laura Blankenship/flickr)

A team of researchers examined 50 marine creatures that washed up on British shores and “shockingly” found traces of microplastics in each one of them.

The study highlights the abysmal state of pollution in British seas and a disquieting pervasion of microplastics not only into the ecosystems but into the bodies of creatures, notes Evening Standard.

The study found that 84 percent of microplastics, recovered from dead creatures, comes from synthetic fibers used in making clothes, fishing nets, and toothbrushes. Lead author Sarah Nelms calls the results “shocking – but not surprising,” as there is high likelihood that marine animals ingest plastics that’s being recklessly tossed into the oceans.

The researchers are yet to assess the effects of these pollutants on the health of marine creatures but are more concerned about the impact of bacteria, viruses and contaminants that cling to plastics and enter the bodies of the animals, reports Earth.com.