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Microplastics on the menu for manta rays and whale sharks

Reef manta rays and whale sharks accidentally ingest harmful microplastics that pollute Indonesian waters, according to new research.

These large filter-feeders swallow hundreds to thousands of cubic metres of plankton-filled water every day and, with it, tiny plastic pieces from broken down carrier bags and single-use packaging, marine biologists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation, Murdoch University in Australia and Udayana University in Indonesia have found.