Plastic microfibers found for first time in wild animals' stool, from S. A. Fur seals. For the first time, plastic microfibers have been discovered in wild animals' stool, from South American fur seals. The findings were made by scientists who suggest examining scat from pinnipeds can be an efficient way to monitor environmental levels of microfibers and microplastics in the environment. Source 2i.
Plastic pollution causes mussels to lose grip. A new study shows that microplastics are affecting the ability of mussels to attach themselves to their surroundings -- potentially having a devastating impact on ocean ecosystems as well as a worldwide industry. Source 7a.
Balloons the number 1 marine debris risk of mortality for seabirds. A new study has found that balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris item for seabirds -- 32 times more likely to kill than ingesting hard plastics. Researchers looked at the cause of death of 1733 seabirds from 51 species and found that one in three of the birds had ingested marine debris. Source 9v.
I once was part of a study where we were looking at plankton in the marine environment. But a noticeable part of every sample we took was tiny plastic beads, a couple of millimeters across. It's simply everywhere in the environment now, with no remedy. We found those little beads in the stomachs of birds from that same environment which could be a source of toxic chemicals to them. It's important to remember that "Out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to waste will always have consequences.
Plastics is a killer and probably one of the worst inventions of mankind. It hurts the environment and all forms of life!