The Great Barrier Reef Eats Plastic

Mmmmm plastic, sounds delicious.  A study was done on the affects of plastics on corals in the Great Barrier Reef and concluded that certain plastics are consumed and may be harmful. “Corals are non-selective feeders and our results show that they can consume microplastics when the plastics are present in seawater,” Dr Mia Hoogenboom, a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, is quoted saying. “If microplastic pollution increases on the Great Barrier Reef, corals could be negatively affected as their tiny stomach-cavities become full of indigestible plastic,” The study was done by placing small particles of micro plastics in the water with species of corals and letting them sit overnight. By the morning the corals had consumed all of the plastic in the water.




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