Plastic Waste – Effects on Sea Urchin Larvae Studied

According to a November 30, 2020 UK University of Exeter news release  “… Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae … Scientists soaked various plastic samples in seawater then removed the plastic and raised sea urchin embryos in the water … [The] urchins developed a variety of abnormalities, including deformed skeletons and nervous systems … caused by chemicals embedded in the plastics leaching out into the water, rather than the plastics themselves … The plastic-to-water ratio in the study would only be seen in severely polluted places, but the findings raise questions about the wider impact of plastic contaminants on marine life …” - The web link to the news release is included in the post on the home page of Plastic Food Packaging Waste News at #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticContaminants