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

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According to JCU scientist Dr. Mia Hoogenboom, this process could prove a death sentence. Apparently, fragile corals need nutrients from food as well as sunlight in order to survive. If they continue to consume plastics, they could find themselves facing starvation.

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But why would corals choose to consume such a toxic and unnatural substance? While creatures such as turtles, seagulls and fish might spot plastics and confuse them with food, corals have no eyes with which to make a similar mistake. So how is trash ending up in their stomachs?

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