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Even deep sea creatures are swallowing our discarded plastic

This deep sea starfish was found to have eaten microscopic pieces of plastic (Picture: SAMS)

Even the sea creatures who live thousands of metres deep have tragically eaten toxic, damaging pieces of plastic.

Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland, tested deep sea starfish and snails from the Rockall Trough.

They found tiny pieces of plastic in 48% of the animals they sampled, all of which live more than 2,000 metres deep in one of the least explored areas of planet Earth.

However, our plastic pollution has still managed to reach them.