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Naked Oceans episode

Tue, 10th Apr 2012

From plastics to poo - the lowdown on ocean pollution

Velellas (by-the-wind-sailors) and plastic confetti in the North Pacifc Plastic Gyre (c) Karin Malmstrom/Marine Photobank


We go from plastics to poo this month on Naked Oceans as we explore some of the many ways we pollute the seas by throwing too much of the wrong kind of stuff into them. In Sarah’s second report from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, she finds out the truth behind the Pacific garbage patch and finds out just how ubiquitous plastic debris is in the seas. We chat to the marine biologist who discovered the first ever case of a marine invertebrate catching a disease from humans – white pox disease has been wiping out corals across the Caribbean and the source the problem is not at all nice. And in another episode of Critter of the Month, we meet a weird deep sea crustacean that inhabits the twilight zone and you can see right through.

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In this edition of Naked Oceans

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  • 01:10 - Can you walk on the Pacific garbage patch?

    Can you walk out on the Pacific garbage patch? And what's the problem if fish eat plastic? Miriam Goldstein and Rebecca Asch from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography explain why plastics are such a problem in the oceans, and what effects it might be having on wildlife.

  • 08:03 - Corals catch disease from human sewage

    White pox disease is wiping out Elkhorn coral in the Caribbean and the culprit is rather hard to stomach.

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