Wednesday, September 27

The species that have colonized the gigantic plastic “island” that floats in the Pacific

  • Victoria Gill
  • BBC Science Correspondent

A researcher collecting waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Image source, Ocean Voyages Institute


The researchers collaborated with the Ocean Voyages Institute to collect the ocean debris.

Scientists have discovered marine animals living among plastic debris in an area of ​​the open ocean called “the great Pacific garbage patch.”

Many of the creatures are coastal species, living miles from their usual habitats, in a patch midway between the coast of California and Hawaii.

Scientists found plants and animals, including anemones, small sea insects, mollusks and crabs, in 90% of the waste.

What they are concerned about is that the plastic could help transport invasive species.

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