There be plastic in Davy Jones’ Locker

This is a most of awful report on the condition of our oceans. We’ve seen some pretty polluted waterways, including horror stories of the open-water swimming conditions at the Rio Olympics. This piece shines a new light on the depth of our polluting.

For the past decade, Jamieson, a marine biologist at Newcastle University, has been sending vehicles to the bottom of marine trenches, which can be as deep as the Himalayas are tall. Once there, these landers have collected amphipods—scavenger relatives of crabs and shrimp that thrive in the abyss. Jamieson originally wanted to know how these animals differ from one distant trench to another. But a few years ago, almost on a whim, he decided to analyze their body for toxic, human-made pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which have been banned for decades but which persist in nature for much longer.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.