Deadliest plastics: bags and packaging biggest marine life killers, study finds
Wide-ranging review finds whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds at mortal risk from marine debris.
“Death from eating any of these items is not a quick one and it is not likely to be painless,” said marine ecologist Dr Lauren Roman, who led the study. “It’s a pretty awful way to die.”
The review, published in the journal Conservation Letters, analysed 655 scientific articles about marine debris and found 79 studies across all inhabited continents detailing deaths in cetaceans (whales and dolphins), pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), sea turtles and sea birds.