Young Bermuda sea chub, Kyphosus sectatrix, eating plastic debris that are falling from plastic garbage floating on the ocean surface. Plastic

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materials under the mechanical and chemical action of sea water degrade rapidly by disintegrating into smaller and smaller pieces until they reach microplastics dimension. These small particles are ingested, for example, by fish that confuse them with food and causing them to be underfeed and obstructions of the digestive tract. We ourselves already consume marine microplastics through cooking salt, oysters, lobsters and fish. Offshore Madeira Island, Portugal