Plastic Waste – Effects on Sea Urchin Larvae Studied

According to a November 30, 2020 UK University of Exeter news release  “… Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae … Scientists soaked various plastic samples in seawater then removed the plastic and raised sea urchin embryos in the water … [The] urchins developed a variety of abnormalities, including deformed skeletons and nervous systems … caused by chemicals embedded in the plastics leaching out into the water, rather than the plastics themselves …

The plastic-to-water ratio in the study would only be seen in severely polluted places, but the findings raise questions about the wider impact of plastic contaminants on marine life
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