Eurythenes plasticus: A deep-sea crustacean full of plastic

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Researchers have discovered a crustacean with plastic particles in its body. By giving it the name Plasticus, they want to set an example against pollution. The animal lives in the deepest waters of our planet. The little guy pictured above lives in the Mariana Trench, at a depth of 6,500 meters (more than 20,000 feet). The underwater canyon, which ultimately reaches a depth of 11,000 meters, and is thus the deepest point on earth, lies off the Philippines. Due to the remote location, these deep-sea trenches of our world’s oceans are home to many creatures that are only indigenous there.