Another study has shown us how damn harmful plastic is.
According to a recently published report in the Endangered Species Research magazine, at least 1000 sharks under the ocean are living a life of great suffering. From discarded fishing nets, to plastic wires, plastic bottles ., these creatures stuck a part of their bodies in plastic waste emitted by humans .
Specifically, the study looked at the effects of plastic waste on the cartilage species - including sharks, rays, etc., only by analyzing and collecting cases posted on the social network. Assembly
As a result, they found more than 1000 cases of fish stuck in garbage - a number that is considered quite high because so far there has been very little research on the story stuck in trash of sharks and rays.
"The best example is the short fin mako shark being wrapped around a line by the line" - quoted Kristian Parton.
"The line stuck to its body from a young age, and it seems to continue to grow in that state. The fruit, rope forms a tight ring into the skin, negatively affecting the spine and causing it to hurt. extremely painful ".
Of the 47 cases reported in more than 20 scientific studies, experts found at least 16 shark families with 34 species affected by human waste. Nearly three-quarters of these are related to "discarded gears in the marine environment" - also known as "ghost gears".
Nets, traps, fishing lines . for some reason were left in the sea, and then became death traps for marine life. And yet, it is estimated that 1:10 marine creatures are caught in plastic strings - the kind used to tie goods, plastic bags, rubber bands .
Studies have shown that marine organisms that are caught in plastic mainly occur in the Pacific and the Atlantic, with rates of 49% and 46%, respectively. 95% of that is related to "ghost gear".
According to experts, fishing nets and plastic garbage are not necessarily a threat to the survival of sharks, but their influence is certainly not small.
"Although not to the point of destroying sharks, but affecting other animals is terrible. Plastics are now one of the biggest threats in the ocean," Parton said.