Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Answer is Yes, Sea Animals Are Eating Our Plastic

Bermuda BREAM: Bites on Marine Plastic Trash
Thad Murdoch Chief Scientist, BREAM: Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Programme, posted this image and others that illustrate the distinct bite marks I observed on plastic marine debris while I was in Bermuda. If you had any doubt that fish are eating our plastic, this should help you realize that not only are the smaller fish eating the photo degraded plastic particulates, but larger marine animals and reptiles also confuse plastics for food. For millions of years, things that floated were most often edible so why wouldn't they mistake plastic for food. Check out Thad's blog. You'll be amazed. Bermuda BREAM: Bites on Marine Plastic Trash

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