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    Default These Corals Choose To Eat Plastics Over Food

    Jenny Howard
    June 25 2019

    Tiny plastic particles may also be a vehicle for microbes that sicken or even kill corals, a new study finds.

    Scientists have for the first time shown that some wild corals are feeding on tiny shreds of plastic trash. Worse, the animals seem to prefer those ‘microplastics’ over their natural food—even when the plastic is carrying bacteria that can kill them.

    The new study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, focused on a temperate species of coral collected off Rhode Island, one that builds small clusters no larger than a human fist.
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