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Microplastics have been found in the guts of one-in-six fish in the Red Sea, shattering its status as the world's least plastic-polluted body of water.
The study means that Red Sea fish are ingesting as much plastic as those in other seas across the globe, where levels of the floating waste are far higher.
Trouble - People - Region - Microplastics - Scientists
It spells trouble for people who eat fish from the region, as the microplastics are likely to get into their diet, scientists said.
The tiny fragments, which contaminate oceans when larger pieces of plastic break down, are known to pass down the food chain, potentially causing organ damage.
Researchers - King - Abdullah - University - Science
Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia collected 178 fish belonging to 26 species from four Red Sea habitats.
Examination of their gut contents showed that one in every six fish had ingested small pieces of plastic.
Findings - Parts - Globe - Research - Reporting
This is similar to findings from other parts of the globe, despite research reporting that the Red Sea has the lowest amount of floating microplastics in seas worldwide.
Many of the pieces found came from synthetic clothing that had been washed in a washing machine.
Fragments - Waste - Sewage - System - Sea
The tiny fragments of waste then pass through the sewage system, where they are eventually dumped into the sea.
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