Bye bye Plastics Scare: Krill can Digest Plastic

Watts Up With That?

Antarctic Krill Antarctic Krill. By Krill666.jpg: Uwe Kils I am willing to give the image in 1700 resolution to Wikipedia Uwe Kils – Krill666.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14871367

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Scientists have discovered Antarctic Krill can digest or at least break up lumps of plastic into even smaller lumps – but when the krill were force fed large quantities of radioactive plastic over an extended period their ability to digest plastic deteriorated.

Krill found to break down microplastics – but it won’t save the oceans

Digestion of plastic into much smaller fragments ‘doesn’t necessarily help pollution’, Australian researchers say

A world-first study by Australian researchers has found that krill can digest certain forms of microplastic into smaller – but no less pervasive – fragments.

The study, published in Nature Communications journal on Friday, found that Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, can break down 31.5 micron polyethylene balls into…

View original post 417 more words