NEW SPECIES FOUND IN EARTH’S DEEPEST TRENCH HAS PLASTIC IN ITS BODY—SO SCIENTISTS HAVE NAMED IT EURYTHENES PLASTICUS

NEW SPECIES FOUND IN EARTH’S DEEPEST TRENCH HAS PLASTIC IN ITS BODY—SO SCIENTISTS HAVE NAMED IT EURYTHENES PLASTICUS

BY ARISTOS GEORGIOU ON 3/6/20 AT 9:16 AM EST

Scientists have discovered a new species of marine animal in the deepest trench on Earth—a find which might normally be cause for celebration. However, the researchers also identified plastics in its body, highlighting the scale of the global pollution crisis.

A team from Newcastle University in the U.K. found the creature—a type of crustacean known as an amphipod (colloquially referred to as “hoppers”)—in the Mariana Trench at a depth of around 20,000 feet, according to research published in the journal Zootaxa