Half-Million Hermit Crabs Killed by Plastic Waste on Remote Islands

Half-Million Hermit Crabs Killed by Plastic Waste on Remote Islands

(TMU) — Over half a million tiny hermit crabs have been trapped and killed by the massive amounts of plastic debris on two remote island chains in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The tragic mass mortality event has researchers fearing the worst on a global scale.

The discovery of 570,000 dead hermit crabs in the Indian Ocean’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Pacific Ocean’s Henderson Island is just the latest sign of the growing crisis of plastic waste polluting our oceans, posing a grave threat to wildlife.

The first-of-its-kind study, published in Journal of Hazardous Materials, revealed that 508,000 crabs died in the Cocos archipelago along with 61,000 on Henderson Island. The crabs’ lives were likely claimed by the massive amount of plastic containers littering the area, whose openings are sloped upward in a manner that prevented them from climbing out once they had gone in.

via themindunleashed Half-Million Hermit Crabs Killed by Plastic Waste on Remote Islands