Microplastics lodge in crab gills, guts : Creatures absorb particles through food and via respiration

Crabs sop up microplastic pollution via their food and gills, researchers have found in a laboratory study. The tiny par– ticles can get stuck in the crustaceans’ bodies for weeks. Crabs are the first marine creatures known to trap micro- plastics in their respiratory systems. Researchers don’t yet know whether the plastics hurt the crabs. (…)

Nsikan Akpan, Science News, Volume 186, Issue 3, page 9, August 2014

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