Researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, supported by Greenpeace Research Laboratories, examined 50 animals from 10 species of dolphins, seals and whales – and found microplastics (less than 5mm) in them all.
Reacting to the findings of the report, Louise Edge, head of Greenpeace UK’s ocean plastics campaign, said: “It is ominous that every single marine mammal tested was found to have microplastics in their digestive system, and it shows the scale of plastic pollution in our seas.
“This is yet more evidence that the government and big businesses need to focus their efforts on drastically reducing the use and waste of plastics, to stem the flow of plastic pollution into our rivers and oceans and into the mouths of marine wildlife.”
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The full report, entitled Microplastics in marine mammals stranded around the British coast: ubiquitous but transitory, is available here.