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Bechtel Education Center Roof Exterior

Roof exterior of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

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Bechtel Education Center Rooftop Garden

Rooftop garden of Monterey Bay Aquarium's Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

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Bechtel Education Center Learning Lab

One of four learning labs in Monterey Bay Aquarium's Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

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Bechtel Education Center Exterior

Exterior of Monterey Bay Aquarium's Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

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MBARI Underwater Robots

Using MBARI's underwater robots, equipped with sampling devices designed specifically for this project, the researchers filtered plastic particles out of seawater on multiple occasions at two different locations and at various depths--from five to 1,000 meters below the surface of Monterey Bay, California.

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Anela Choy

The groundbreaking research was a joint effort by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Anela Choy, lead author of the paper, conducted the research while a postdoctoral fellow at MBARI.

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Pelagic Red Crabs Outside Monterey Bay Aquarium

Microplastic particles are not only common from the surface to the seafloor, but they're also being eaten by animals such as giant larvaceans and pelagic red crabs and incorporated into marine food webs.

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Plastic on the Beach

Most plastic pollution in the ocean originates on land. This study confirmed the origin of ocean microplastics sampled was from consumer plastic products such as single-use drink bottles and to-go containers, not from fishing gear.

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Larvacean Sampler

Using MBARI's underwater robots, equipped with sampling devices designed specifically for this project, the researchers filtered plastic particles out of seawater on multiple occasions at two different locations and at various depths--from five to 1,000 meters below the surface of Monterey Bay, California.

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Giant Larvacean

Microplastic particles are not only common from the surface to the seafloor, but they're also being eaten by animals such as giant larvaceans and pelagic red crabs and incorporated into marine food webs.

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