Blue whales eat 10 million microplastic pieces of 45 kg in a day
Blue whales eat a lot of food at a time. (symbolic photo: Pixabay)
In a new study on whales, scientists have found out how much microplastic they ingest in a day. Based on tracking and modeling, scientists have found that whales swallow 1 million pieces of plastic in a day, that is, about 45 kg of microplastics are swallowed in their body. Which is a matter of great danger for the entire environment.
⏩ Whales swallow 45 kg of microplastic in a day.
⏩ This microplastic reaches their body through their prey.
⏩ Scientists believe that this is a very dangerous thing for the environment.
By slowly reaching the plastic in the world’s oceans, it is now harming the climate. The situation has become such that the reason has turned around through seafood. has started reaching the human body. Many studies have confirmed this. Microplastic has started reaching the depths of the ocean and entering the body of fish. Imagine what is going in even a normal fish, then how much will be reaching in a big animal like blue whale. Estimating this in the new study, it has been found that blue whales are eating about 10 million pieces of microplastic every day.
How widespread is plastic pollution
This study is yet another proof of how widespread plastic pollution in the oceans is and how much more danger it poses to the world’s largest animal today than was previously understood. Fine bits of plastic are being found everywhere, from the deepest oceans to the highest mountains, and are even found inside human organs and blood.
How to find out
The benchmark study, published in the journal Nature Communications, estimated how much fine plastic whales swallow from it. A team led by US researchers tagged 191 blue, fin and humpback whales that live off the coast of California and observed their movements. Researcher Shirell Kahane Rapport of California State University in Furton, the first author of this study, told that it was like an Apple Watch on the back of a kind of whale.
where most of the plastic
Whales typically live at depths of 50 to 250 metres, a depth known to have the highest amount of microplastics in the waters of the world’s oceans. After this, the researchers estimated how many times the size of the stuff came in and out of the whale’s mouth. In this they found three different situations.
Blue whales swallow up to 45 kg of microplastic in a day. (symbolic photo: Pixabay)
One billion pieces a year
In the most likely case, blue whales swallow up to 10 million pieces of microplastic in a day. This meant that in the annual feeding season in 90 to 120 days, about one billion pieces are swallowed. This means that the largest animal living on Earth is the biggest consumer of microplastic, which eats 43.6 kg of microplastic in a day.
45 kg plastic is not reduced
The story tells that imagine how much it would be to take the extra 45 kilograms of weight. Of course, whales are very huge, but even 45 kg would not occupy less space. About humpback whales, researchers estimated that they eat 4 million pieces of microplastic in a day.
A large amount of microplastic in the oceans is a matter of great concern. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Where does microplastic come from
While on the one hand it is easy to assume that whales are ingesting copious amounts of microplastics. In fact, the researchers found that this is not the case. Rather, 99 percent of the microplastic goes into the whale’s body because it is already inside their prey. Researchers say that this is a matter of concern for them because humans eat the same prey.
Researchers said that we humans also eat anchovies and sargins, while krill are the basis of the food chain. Previous research has shown that if krill are in a tank with microplastic, they will eat it. Now researchers know how much microplastic whales are eating. Now their next goal is to find out how much damage it can cause.
A new study has found that blue whales consume up to 10 million pieces of microplastic every day, due to plastic pollution in the ocean.
This makes the Earth’s largest animals the biggest consumers of plastic waste on the planet.
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