Summary of Project: In 2018, Ocean Alliance collected whale feces from one blue whale while on a Parley SnotBot expedition to the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Our long-time friends and partner The Great Whale Conservancy then donated 3 more whale feces samples. Initial partner analysis found an astounding amount of microplastics in all four feces samples. Ocean Alliance is now seeking support for the microplastic detection in feces program to collect additional samples from baleen whales from both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to validate our initial results and publish a scientific paper so as to better inform the public and scientific community on the effects of microplastics in our ocean.
Great Whale Conservancy
Holland Toxicology Laboratory at California State University of Long Beach