Microplastics threat to ocean giants

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Microplastics threat to ocean giants

Scientists say there needs to be more research into the impact of plastic pollution on sharks, whales and rays.

A study, in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution , says the creatures may be swallowing hundreds of tiny bits of plastic a day.

Microplastic pollution has the potential to further reduce the population sizes of the large filter feeders, they say.

Yet, there is very little research being carried out into the risks.

Researchers from the US, Australia and Italy looked at data on threats to large filter feeders from microplastics. These small plastic pieces less than five millimetres long can be harmful to the ocean and aquatic life.

The Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Coral Triangle are priorities for monitoring, according to a review of studies.

Source: BBC News