Plankton filmed eating plastic

13th Jul 2015

A new video has shown how it's not only large pieces of plastic that cause damage in our oceans.  

Zooplankton in the ocean normally feeds on algae suspended in the water but footage has shown them eating tiny grains of plastic.  The footage was taken at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, where they observed a group of copepods feeding in water that also contained fluorescent polystyrene beads. It shows them consuming the polystyrene and it subsequently moving through their body.  This shows how damage from plastics is starting right at the start of the food chain further damaging other types of marine life.

Read more about microplastic ingestion by zooplankton in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.