The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Poses New Threat to Marine Life

In an article posted on Time.com today, contributor Katherine Cooney writes about the effects scientists have recently discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch plays on marine life. The article discusses recent findings made by scientists that suggest that bugs commonly called "sea striders" are now becoming more populous as marine garbage increases, giving them more places to live and breed. Cooney states that this is not the only way marine life is impacted by the Gyre, citing a study in 2006 that found that Albatross chicks were being fed plastic debris by their parents. 'An Environmental Protection Agency study showed that the chicks that died of those causes had twice as much plastic in their stomachs. Bottle caps, combs, golf tees, toothbrushes and even toy soldiers were found inside the birds.' The problem of ocean plastic is one which continues to build up, affecting the ecosystems that are already delicate and under extreme stress.

To find out more about the studies which have determined the impacts plastics have had on ocean ecosystems, please see the full article on Time.com here.

 

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