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    This floating ocean garbage is home to a surprising amount of life from the coasts.

    This floating ocean garbage is home to a surprising amount of life from the coasts.


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    Scientists studying a giant collection of plastic trash floating in the middle of the open ocean have found some unexpected inhabitants: dozens of marine species that usually stick close to the coast.

    Among the plastic debris, the researchers found all kinds of nonnative species, from anemones to worms to little crustaceans.

    "To find that many coastal species on a relatively small sample size was shocking," says Linsey Haram, a marine ecologist who did this research while working at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.



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    Not unlike shipwrecks, ect

    Under the right conditions they can actually be safe shelter for many forms of sea life.
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