Plankton snacking on plastic
Copepods (a type of zooplankton) have been caught on camera consuming tiny plastic particles. The polystyrene beads were between 7 and 30 micrometres in diameter, and were fluorescent so they were visible while being consumed.
Verity White from Five Films and her team captured the video under a microscope at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the UK. They were inspired by Matthew Cole’s research on Microplastic Ingestion by Zooplankton (find the article on our Scientific Publications on Microplastics page).
The footage was shot for a short film that recently won the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year competition.