Sunday, July 21, 2024

Pacific Garbage Patch Is A Giant, Mobile Marine Habitat

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Researchers have published in the journal Nature Communications that they have found the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to be a giant floating ecosystem.

They located small marine life on a vast 90% of samples.

Interestingly, a significant number of the species found by scientists are ones typically associated with coastal environments. This has led scientists to be concerned that these debris patches may be a vector for transporting invasive species worldwide.

Commenting on their findings, Dr. Linsey Haram, the lead researcher, stated:

“Plastics are more permanent than many of the natural debris that you previously have seen in the open ocean. They’re creating a more permanent habitat in this area. We want to get a handle on how plastics may be a transport for invasive species to coasts.”

Sourcebbc.com
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com

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