Every Animal Pulled From the Deepest Part of the Ocean Had Plastic in Its Gut

This was profound, and collated tidbits of knowledge I’ve never held together before. Earth has existed for 4.5 billion years. Life has existed for at least 3.5 billion years. It has taken all this time for a species like Homo sapiens to arise, it is unlikely one will again.

Stories of whales, turtles, and seabirds with guts filled with plastic have become increasingly common.

Recently, a team of scientists wanted to determine the extent of plastic pollution and its effects on animals by investigating the most remote regions of the ocean, sending vehicles to the deepest marine trenches to collect tiny amphipods — shrimp-like creatures — that scavenge for food in the harsh environment.

In the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of the ocean, every single amphipod captured had at least one plastic fiber in its stomach, according to the research published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.