World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef faces another threat

A diver on the Great Barrier Reef.

A diver on the Great Barrier Reef. Image by Tchami / CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientists from James Cook University have discovered corals in the Great Barrier Reef are eating microplastic debris which could impact their health and the health of marine life. Their study, published in the journal Marine Biology, found plastic "deep inside the coral polyp wrapped in digestive tissue". The researchers expressed their concern that these substances can hurt coral’s ability to digest normal marine based food. Read more:

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