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Title: Microplastic ingestion in jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca (Forsskal, 1775) in the North Atlantic Ocean
Authors: Rapp Cabrera, Jorge 
Herrera, A. 
Bondyale-Juez, Daniel R. 
González-Pleiter, M.
Reinold, Stefanie 
Asensio, M.
Martínez, I. 
Gómez, M. 
UNESCO Clasification: 251001 Oceanografía biológica
Keywords: Microplastics
Pelagia noctiluca
Issue Date: 2021
Project: Evaluación del impacto de microplásticos y contaminantes emergentes en las costas de la Macaronesia 
Implementation of the indicator "Impacts of marine litter on sea turtles and biota" in RSC and MSFD areas /Indicator Impact Taxa - INDICIT II" 
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin 
Abstract: The presents work is the first study that evidences the ingestion of plastic and microplastics in jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in the Atlantic Ocean. A bloom of this organism was collected from Gran Canaria island coast. Then, separating umbrella from tentacles, a process of KOH digestion was carried out to quantify the plastic particles. A 97% of the individuals analysed had microdebris. The majority were blue and mostly microfibres, mainly composed by cotton. The presence of items in the gastrovascular cavity was confirmed. These results warn about the implications for jellyfish health, the transfer to jellyfish predators, human consumed jellyfish and the transport of carbon and microplastic in the water column.
ISSN: 0025-326X
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112266
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin [ISSN 0025-326X], v. 166, 112266 (Mayo 2021)
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