Scallops Can Accumulate Billions Of Plastic Particles In Just Hours | Care2 Causes

Scallops Can Accumulate Billions Of Plastic Particles In Just Hours | Care2 Causes

For the study, they made their own polystyrene nanoparticles in a lab that were carbon-radiolabeled so that they that could be traced in the bodies of great scallops, which are found mainly in the Atlantic.

They found that within just six hours, billions of particles that were 250 nm, or about 0.000025 mm, had become lodged in the intestines of scallops, while even smaller pieces had made their way into other body parts, including their kidneys, gonads, muscles and gills.

Even after the scallops had been move back into clean water, it took weeks for them to expel all of the nanoparticles.

via Scallops Can Accumulate Billions Of Plastic Particles In Just Hours | Care2 Causes

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