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Episodic records of jellyfish ingestion of plastic items reveal a novel pathway for trophic transference of marine litter

Invertebrates represent the most plentiful component of marine biodiversity. 

To date, only few species have been documented for marine litter intake. Here, we report for the first time the presence of macroplastic debris in a jellyfish species. The characterization of such litter through ATR-FTIR and UV Resonance Raman spectroscopy revealed two macro-sized plastics constituted by high-density polyethylene, a flame retardant polyethylene and a zinc-rich paint fragment. Such novel target to plastic pollution highlights an under studied vector of marine litter along marine trophic web, raising further concern over the impact on marine wildlife.
 

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Scientific Reports, Vol. 8 - 1, pp. 6105 (2018
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2019 11:58