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.
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?