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Sargasso sea turtles threatened by ‘extreme concentrations’ of microplastic

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 21, 2019 12:15

Sargasso sea turtles threatened by ‘extreme concentrations’ of microplastic

Scientists studying the scale and impact of plastic pollution on wildlife in the Sargasso Sea have found “extreme concentrations” of microplastic, which they worry will threaten sea turtles and other marine species that live there. The Sargasso Sea, a unique environment in the North Atlantic gyre, is known for it’s huge accumulations of Sargassum seaweed which provide shelter and food for a wealth of spawning sealife, including sea turtles. It acts as an important incubator for baby sea turtles, and environmental group Greenpeace describes Sargasso as a “critical nursery” for the reptile.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 21, 2019 12:15