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A study of dead dolphins, seals and whales stranded on British shores found that every single one had plastic in their digestive systems.
Scientists examined the organs of fifty animals from ten different species that had died from a variety of causes.
Species - Particles - Millimetres - Stomachs - Intestines
All of the species were found to have 'microplastic' particles, less than five millimetres across, in their stomachs and intestines.
The findings shows how the array of species in our oceans are unable to escape the threat of plastic in seas and the potentially profound effects it has on them.
Others - Fragments - Pieces - Food - Packaging
Others were fragments of larger pieces that could have come from food packaging or plastic bottles.
Lead researcher Sarah Nelms and PhD student from the University of Exeter, said: 'It's shocking - but not surprising - that every animal had ingested microplastics.
Number - Particles - Animal - Average - Particles
'The number of particles in each animal was relatively low, an average of 5.5 particles per animal, suggesting they eventually pass through the digestive system, or are regurgitated.
'We don't yet know what effects the microplastics, or the chemicals on and in them, might have on marine mammals.'
Team - Animals - Result - Disease - Numbers
The team found that animals that died as a result of infectious disease had slightly higher numbers of particles than those killed by injury or other causes.
However, Professor Brendan Godley, from the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation,...
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