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Microplastics found in all sea turtle species – Times of India

Microplastics found in all sea turtle species – Times of India

Sea turtles have microplastics in their guts, revealed tests on over 100 sea turtles from the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean ocean from all seven species. Most common synthetic particles found were fibres, which can come from clothing, cigarette filters, ropes and fishing nets. Only a part of a gut was tested, so the total number of particles could be 20 times higher.

| Updated: Dec 6, 2018, 09:44 IST

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LONDON: Tests on over 100 sea turtles —

spanning

three oceans and all seven species — have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle, scientists say.

Researchers from University of

Exeter

and

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

in UK looked for synthetic particles (less than 5mm in length), including microplastics, in 102 sea turtles in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean. Synthetic particles were found in all of them, most common being

fibres

, which can come from clothing, cigarette filters, ropes and fishing nets. “Their small size means they can

pass

through the gut without causing a blockage. However, future work should focus on whether microplastics may be affecting aquatic organisms more subtly,” said Emily Duncan from the University of Exeter.

The study studied over 800 synthetic particles in 102 turtles. However, researchers only tested part of each animal’s gut, so the total number of particles is estimated to be about 20 times higher



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