Animals Eat Ocean Plastic Because It Smells Like Food

Animals Eat Ocean Plastic Because It Smells Like Food.

The lead author of this study at the University of California Davis, Matthew Savoca, experimented with beads exposed to sea water and subsequently analysed by the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The plastic gave off a sulphur compound, dimethyl sulfide (DMS), linked to algae which had coated the floating plastic. DMS is the chemical cue that triggers certain seabirds to forage for krill. With tons of plastics in our seas and oceans, it seem inevitable that not only birds and other land animals foraging for food on our shores, but also fish that forms part of our food chain, that would ingest them. The repercussions are enormous.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/animals-eat-ocean-plastic-because-of-smell-dms-algae-seabirds-fish/