Water contamination is something that affects marine life everday. This article was about how researchers from Portland State and Washington State University have found elevated levels of caffeine in the Pacific waters off of Oregon’s coast. By taking 21 water samples from different areas of the coasts, the researchers expected to find caffeine contaminated water around the populated areas. Instead, they found that the areas with the most highly caffeinated waters were less populated. High rainflow and sewer overflows also flush caffeinated water out into the sea. While the caffeine is too low to cause lethal harm to marine life, it can still cause them cellular stress. Researchers are still trying to find the human source for this epidemic.
– Farida Amer