Was not happy to find these during my turtle nesting surveys last week! Many were found just on the surface of the sand I am terrified to think about what lies deeper in the sand. Time to take action (:
That's so disappointing. I've never seen them before, I'll have to look beyond the plastic bottles and cigarette butts...!
They're sooo tiny!! I only know what they look like cause I was helping with microplastic surveys last summer and they were all deep in the sand. But yes keep a look out! :)
Great work! They also camouflage with lighter sand beaches and can be a real pain to find. I know some people use sieves to remove them from sand (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIqpZHJVFzo)
Thanks Adrian! The water level has finally dropped around the island so they appeared on the top. Last summer when doing microplastic surveys in Ucluelet, BC I used sieves then sorted them into 3 categories - nurdles, styrofoam & hard plastics. I'm currently searching to see if anyone is doing current studies here in Ottawa that is similar. :D