Surfers, have your bum swabbed for science

Bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘beach bum’ this summer, and swab your bum to investigate the bacteria in seawater.

If, like me, you watched The Island with Bear Grylls last month, then you were probably horrified by the amount of plastic debris that was stranded on beaches in the Pacific.

Marine debris is a huge problem worldwide.

Plastic bottles, bags, toothbrushes and tampons, were strewn across these golden shores. Hardly the image idyllic image you think of when someone says ‘paradise’.

Clinging to the litter is bacteria, which scientists believe is resistant to antibiotics.

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