As far as trash is concerned, the microplastics speckling the beaches of the Oregon Coast are some of the prettiest around.
“They look kind of pretty, and that’s the problem,” said Pooka Rice, the outreach coordinator for the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. “Because the birds and the fish also think they are pretty.”
Microplastics are extremely small pieces of debris broken down from larger waste in the ocean, coming in a variety of colors and often mistaken for sea glass.
Earlier this year, more than 240 pounds was filtered from the sand in front of Haystack Rock. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates 100 million tons of this debris fill the ocean, impacting thousands of sea turtles, seabirds, fish and other marine life who ingest it.
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