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Have any positive discoveries been made, such as an adaptation by a sea creature to plastic?

Posted on November 10 2012

Question submitted by Trinity-Pawling School

We have not found any positive outcomes from our work on plastics in the gyre.  We have seen communities of organisms on macroplastics, including gooseneck barnacles, that are clearly taking advantage of this floating substrate.  But these and other organisms could also become invasive species.

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