Cotton swab inside a Comb jelly, Beroe cucumis. This transparent animal it's a planktonic predator that mostly feeds on other comb jellies that are

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Cotton swab inside a Comb jelly, Beroe cucumis. This transparent animal it's a planktonic predator that mostly feeds on other comb jellies that are
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pulled into the large mouth and swallowed whole. This one swallowed a used cotton swab that was floating at midwater. Unfortunately, it is very common for people to throw used swabs in the toilet that are then taken through domestic sewage to wastewater treatment plants. Their small size allows them to pass through the filtration grids and so they end up being released in the sea along with treated effluents. Fish, sea mamals, seabirds and other aquatic animal like this comb jelly swallow them thinking it's food and get intestinal obstruction and laceration that very often kill them in great suffering. Portugal