Tag: ocean

March 16, 2020

Sea turtles mistake plastic smell for food

Researchers have long known the dangers that plastic debris in the ocean can pose to sea turtles. They can swallow it. They can get tangled in it. But researchers at...

August 8, 2018

Removing invasive island rats could help coral reefs

Invasive rats are notorious for their devastation of island ecosystems, but their damage might go deeper than scientists once believed. Biologists recently discovered that nonnative rats could impede the flow...

November 22, 2016

The smell of marine plastic may attract seabirds

A recent study from the University of California, Davis might help explain why some seabirds eat so much plastic debris. While it’s widely thought that birds visually mistake plastic for...