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Specimens collected by the SEAPLEX expedition.
Published on July 18, 2011
The Scripps Research Vessel travelled about 1,200 miles into the Pacific Ocean.
Fish mistake small pieces of plastic for food.
Lantern Fish are among the fish in the North Pacific that inject plastic.
Small pieces of plastic drift through the Northern Pacific, and are mistakenly eaten by fish.
Two researchers on the expedition took samples from a net that contained fish, plastic and other small pieces of rubbish.
While deployed in a small boat, SEAPLEX researchers encountered a large ghost net with tangled rope, net, plastic, and various biological organisms.
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