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Scientists in California have discovered that a species of plankton called giant larvaceans will eat microplastics near the surface of the ocean; their excretions then fall to the seafloor, where they are likely to be consumed by other marine life.

British researchers are investigating the potential for developing new medicines from the bacteria that live on deep-sea sponges.

As Arctic Ocean sea ice continues to contract due to rising temperatures, walruses are being forced ashore earlier and earlier.

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