Oceans: The Mystery of the Missing Plastic

99% of the plastic that should be floating in the oceans is missing. Even accounting for the plastic that washes up on beaches or is trapped in arctic ice, millions of tonnes has simply disappeared.

As most plastic never deteriorates, it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that are invisible to the human eye, what happens to this missing ocean plastic is a mystery. In this investigation, scientists embark in search of the micro-plastics. Small, mostly invisible, toxic, they are home to a new ecosystem: the plastisphere. But where are they? Ingested by organisms? Buried under the ocean floor? Degraded by bacteria? And what is the impact of them entering the food chain?


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: VIA DECOUVERTES
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA, ESP
  • Country of production: France



  • ANCRE d’OR at FIFME (Festival International du Film maritime, d’Exploration et d’Environnement) in Toulon (France); Grand Prize (Green Image Film Festival 2017, Japan); Grand Prix du Festival FReDD 2017 (Toulouse, France); "TROPHÉE D’ARGENT" (Festival du Film scientifique - La Réunion); Best 1-Hour Documentary (Cinemambiente 2017, Italy); Prix Spécial du jury des Etudiants de l’EME (Deauville Green Awards 2017, France). FIFME Festival International du Film maritime, d’Exploration et d’Environnement (France); FIFO 2017 (Tahiti); Festival Filmar d’Hendaye (France); Green Image Film Festival 2017 (Japan); Festival du Film Vert 2017 (Switzerland); Festival International du Film de la mer Filmar 2017 (France); FREDD 2017 (France); European Geosciences Union General Assembly (Austria); EKOTOP FILM/ENVIROFILM Festival 2017 (Slovakia); Festival du Film scientifique (La Réunion); Cinemambiente 2017 (Italy); Naturvision Film Festival 2017 (Germany); Deauville Green Awards 2017 (France); Iran International Green Film Festival (Iran); Matsalu Nature Film Festival (Estonia);IFF EKOTOP Film Festival (Czech Republic); Settimana dell’Educazione allo sviluppo sostenible (Italy);

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