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The 5th feature in my #100reasonsproject is the giant oceanic manta ray with one of their greatest threats: plastic pollution. ✍🏼 As filter feeders, manta rays are not usually able to decipher plastic particles from their typical food source and end up consuming them. Microplastics- or small plastic particles-  are not easily broken down by marine organisms. Worst case scenario, these particles can block their digestive tracts leading to mortality.  Even if they are able to swallow and pass the plastic particle, it is still using precious energy to digest a particle that has no nutritional value. On my instagram...

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