Scientists Have Discovered Why Corals Are Eating Plastic, And It Could Have A Devastating Impact

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Sadly, scientists have recently begun to speculate that we can also add plastic to the list of things that are damaging our coral reefs beyond repair. In fact, back in 2015, a study by Australia’s James Cook University revealed some worrying trends.

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During the study, researchers concluded that coral polyps – the organisms that form coral reefs – were consuming small pieces of plastic in alarming amounts. In fact, they appeared to be getting through them just as quickly as their usual food. Unfortunately, the study found that these plastics were then becoming lodged within the corals’ tissue, rather than being expelled as part of a normal digestive process.

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