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Microplastics Found in All Dead Dolphins, Whales, and Seals Tested in British Waters


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Researchers at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory recently conducted an experiment — with support from Greenpeace Research Laboratories — and examined 50 different marine animals, consisting of 10 species of dolphins, seals, and whales. They took the marine mammals — who had died prior to the research — and found that microplastics were found in every single one of the animals examined. 

Microplastic is any plastic debris measuring less than five millimeters in length — the ​National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration​ (NOAA) equates the size to that of a sesame seed; these synthetic fibers come from a variety of sources — including, but not limited to, clothes, plastic bottles, packaging, fishing nets, etc.