18 Aug 2017

Fish are eating our rubbish

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:17 pm on 18 August 2017
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Scientists and conservationists - and pretty much all of us - are becoming increasingly alarmed at the amount of plastic in the ocean - and the thought that sealife including turtles, whales, penguins and fish are mistaking that plastic for food and eating it.

Tiny plastic beads - the sort that's sometimes found in shower gel, disappears down the drain and makes its way into the ocean - and other kinds of plastic breaks up and has even been found in the deepest ocean trenches.

Scientists have been trying to work out why fish and other forms of sea life can't tell the difference between something that's edible and something that's not.

Matthew Savoca is a post-doctoral researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in the US and speaks to Jesse about what he's discovered.

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