UBC scientists are studying how microplastics impact the animals in the Galápagos Islands. Each year an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean, often breaking down into microplastics, particles or fibres less than five millimetres in size. There is evidence that many marine animals ingest microplastics either directly through the water they filtrate or drink, or indirectly through their prey. So what can we learn from studying the diets of penguins in the Galapagos?
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