Beautiful floating organisms called neuston are gathered up by the same ocean currents as plastic pollution, and they may be endangered by clean-up efforts
16 May 2022
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is teeming with delicate organisms called neuston that appear to be swept up by the same ocean currents as plastic pollution. The finding suggests that efforts to trap and remove plastic from this area could accidentally remove these creatures as well.
Neuston are organisms that float on the ocean surface. They encompass a wide range of species, including blue sea dragons (Glaucus atlanticus), violet snails (Janthina janthina), blue button jellyfish (Porpita porpita) and by-the-wind sailors (Velella velella).
Despite their beauty, neuston …