They may not sound like it, but nurdles are one of the biggest threats facing ocean life today. Made from the raw material of plastic products, these tiny pellets collect in massive globs in the ocean, making up the connective tissue of enormous trash islands. Even more problematic, they also look tasty to fish -- which is a big problem. As this TED talk by science educator Kim Preshoff breaks it down:
As Preshoff notes, there are things we can do to stop their impending ocean domination. Reducing or eliminating plastics, recycling and reducing the use of cosmetic "microbeads" are great ways to start. Learn more about ways to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans at the Plastic Pollution Coalition.