Scientists have discovered animals that accumulate microplastics

Scientists have discovered animals that accumulate microplastics

They absorb and long “kept” the dangerous particles.


A new study by British and canadian scientists has shown that sea scallops absorb from the ocean billions of micro-plastic particles.

Incredibly fast, in just six hours of microplastics is distributed throughout the body of molluscs and remains there for a long time.

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Publication of Natalya Krasnova (@normandy_guide) January 25, 2018 at 3:23 PST

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Scientists have observed for scallops in the laboratory. Animals were placed in tanks with water, the concentration of micro-plastic and neoplastic (more small particles), which was consistent with concentrations off the coast of England. Microparticles were specially marked.

The study showed, nanoplastic derived from molluscs approximately 14 days, but particles larger than 48 days later was still present in the bodies of scallops.

A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Researchers estimate that, on the surface of the world ocean contains 51 trillion particles of micro-plastic. These particles are absorbed by fish and other sea creatures, and then get into the organisms of the larger animals and humans.

What are the consequences of pollution for the whole of the food chain, scientists have to study.

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