Giant larvaceans build bubbles of snot to filter food particles, but in the process, they may pick up plastic pollution as well. Underwater video shows that larvaceans can consume microplastic particles (red and green) in the process. Those plastic particles may rain down on deep sea communities in the larvaceans’ poop pellets. Read more: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/scie... CREDITSStory & productionHelen ThompsonVideoK. Katija et al/Science Advances 2017Rahkendra Ice/AAAS© MBARI 2017Music“Thannoid” by Blue Dot Sessions(CC BY-NC 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/... http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blu... CitationK. Katija et al. From the surface to the seafloor: How giant larvaceans transport microplastics into the deep sea. Science Advances. Vol. 3, August 16, 2017, p. e1700715. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700715.
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