Category Armchair Naturalist
Bryan Nelson, MNN | December 14, 2019
A new study about plastic waste in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean found that the islands were "literally drowning in plastic" and that hermit crabs were trading in their shells for plastics, and with dire consequences.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a remote chain of islands in the Indian Ocean. Despite their isolated location, researchers found 414 million pieces of plastic and scoops of dead hermit crabs kept pouring out of overturned plastic containers as they scoured the beaches.