Microplastics, seen here under a microscope, are being mistaken for food in the ocean. — Image Credit : Jean-Pierre Desforges / Vancouver Aquarium
June 30th, 2015. Zooplankton in the ocean are eating microscopic plastic particles and passing those contaminants up the food chain to salmon, whales and other species at an “alarming” rate.
That’s the conclusion of a new study co-authored by Dr. Peter Ross, the top ocean pollution researcher at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Science Centre.
Zooplankton are tiny creatures that make up a major food source for juvenile salmon, as well as baleen whales.