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Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species

By: Ana Pego

Isabel Minhos

Illustrator: Bernardo P. Carvalho

When she was young, biologist Ana Pêgo didn’t play in a backyard, but on a beach. She walked along the shore, looked at tide pools, and collected fossils. As she grew older, Pêgo noticed a new species at the seaside: plastic. She decided to collect it, study it, and give it a Latin name—Plasticus maritimus—to warn people of its dangers to our planet.

Inspired by Pêgo’s life’s work, and filled with engaging science and colorful photographs, this foundational look at ocean plastics explains why they are such an urgent contemporary issue. Pêgo tells us how plastics end up in our rivers, lakes, and oceans, shares plastic’s chemical composition and physical properties, and offers a field guide to help readers identify and understand this new invasive species in all its forms, from the obvious (fishing nets and water bottles) to the unfamiliar (tiny, clear particles called microplastics). Finally, she offers a critical look at our current “solutions” to plastic contamination and in her most important proposal—REVOLUTIONIZE—calls for deep changes in our habits, motivating young and old alike to make a difference, together. An artificial and almost indestructible species, Plasticus maritimus deserves to have its days numbered! Together, we can send it packing.

Resources. Sources. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9781771646437

JLG Release: Oct 2020

Sensitive Areas: None

Science and nature , Plastic pollution , Microplastics , Water , Oceans , Lakes , Environmental science and ecosystems , Environmental conservation and protection , Marine biology , Refuse and refuse disposal , Recycling

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Book Details



First Release

October 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 3/10" x 6"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader


Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 1040L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Greystone Kids

Potentially Sensitive Areas



Science and nature, Plastic pollution, Microplastics, Water, Oceans, Lakes, Environmental science and ecosystems, Environmental conservation and protection, Marine biology, Refuse and refuse disposal, Recycling,

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