This newly discovered crustacean, found in the Marianas Trench, came into contact with plastic before we even knew the species existed. As a result, the scientists dubbed the new species Eurythenes plasticus. Plastics have now officially entered the taxonomic record as a new species. More than 270 species of wildlife have already been adversely affected by plastic pollution and the discovery of plastic pollutants in a newly discovered species found in the deepest place in the world makes this news particularly unsettling.
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