An Unprecedented Number Of Species Have Crossed The Pacific On Tsunami-Liberated Plastic Debris - Science Sushi
The remnants of those buildings and all sorts of debris liberated by the moving waters have since spread the tsunami’s legacy far beyond the site of impact. As a new study in the journal Science explains, thanks to objects set adrift by the tsunami’s waves, more than two hundred and eighty species have been found on the wrong side of the ocean.
How did hundreds of animals hitch rides across such vast distances? Well, to paraphrase the slogan from America’s Plastics Makers, plastics made it possible.
“This has turned out to be one of the biggest, unplanned, natural experiments in marine biology, perhaps in history.”