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US News Whales seen swimming in Great Pacific Garbage Patch for first time

02:45  30 october  2019
02:45  30 october  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Biologists have spotted whales frolicking in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time . Given the known dangers of plastic pollution to marine life, this Reporting in the journal Marine Biodiversity, researchers from the Ocean Cleanup Foundation studied the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of plastic waste in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. “For the first time , we found proof of whales and dolphins in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , which means it’s highly likely they are eating or getting tangled in

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Whales have been seen swimming through a vast collection of plastic rubbish in the Pacific ocean - putting their lives at risk from swallowing plastic or becoming entangled.

Biologists spotted four sperm whales, three beaked whales, two baleen whales swimming among the floating islands of plastic.

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The researchers wrote, ‘Our sightings of numerous ocean plastics of a wide range of sizes suggest that cetaceans within the [patch] are likely impacted by plastic pollution, either through ingestion or entanglement interactions with debris items.’

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The Great Pacific garbage patch , also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the north central Pacific Ocean.

Whales Have Been Spotted Swimming in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the First Time . "It’s highly likely they are eating or getting tangled in the huge amount The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of plastic waste in the world and is located between Hawaii and California.

The researchers, writing in the journal Marine Biodiversity, spotted the whales from a plane using infrared and laser-scanning LIDAR, IFLScience reports.

Up to 10 million tons of plastic are thought to be dumped in the sea each year, Newcastle University researchers warned earlier this year.

The weight of plastic in our oceans is expected to be larger than the total weight of all fish by 2050.

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Sea creatures are dying across the world as a result of our addiction to plastic, with a sperm whale washing ashore in Spain last year with 28 kilos of plastic in its stomach, including plastic bags, nets and a jerry can.

It had died from gastric shock.

Every minute of every day, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters the world’s oceans, according to Greenpeace statistics.

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Scientists have documented whales swimming through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time during an aerial survey of the ocean region. They saw at least 14 cetaceans, including three sperm whales —including a mother and her very young calf—three beaked whales and two baleen

Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte holds a trash can found in the Great Pacific Garbage At first , I thought I was seeing plankton in the water, the reflection of the sun bouncing off the plankton. Do you need to wear a special wetsuit to swim in the Garbage Patch ? I just use a regular wetsuit

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Waste such as bottles, nappies and beer holders can last for up to 450 years in the environment. Some plastics last for 1,000 years.

There are five trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans.

A plastic bag was found 36,000 feet below the surface, at the ocean’s deepest point, the Mariana Trench.

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Most of the plastic found at the bottom of the sea by divers (89%) has one thing in common, the Deep Sea Debris Database reported: it’s waste such as plastic bottles and bags, designed to be used just once, then thrown away.

Tests by Newcastle University researchers found that sea creatures living in the deepest reaches of the sea had fragments of plastic in their stomachs and muscles.

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