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Table 1 Summary of whale shark fecal sample data

From: Microplastics in fecal samples of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) and from surface water in the Philippines

Year nsamples Sample DW [g]a Samples with MP [%]b Total MPc MP g− 1 sample Particle size [mm]d Samples by seasone
2012 7 0.25 (±0.21) 42.9 7 5.71 (±9.43) 2.46 (1.63) A: 7
2013 22 0.40 (±0.28) 31.8 23 1.82 (±3.29) 1.43 (0.80) A: 5, B: 9, C: 8
2014 13 0.67 (±1.01) 61.5 23 3.23 (±5.09) 1.37 (0.93) A: 7, B: 2, C: 4
2015 18 0.61 (±0.46) 55.6 46 4.06 (±7.82) 0.84 (0.40) A: 6, B: 4, C: 8
2016 12 0.94 (±0.38) 33.3 5 0.25 (±0.62) 0.86 (0.17) A: 4, B: 6, C: 2
2017 7 0.62 (±0.33) 28.6 2 0.29 (±0.49) 0.75 (0.27) B: 6, C: 1
2018 10 0.70 (±0.28) 60.0 13 1.30 (±1.34) 1.07 (0.48) A: 5, B: 4, C: 1
2019 10 1.11 (±0.58) 70.0 60 3.20 (±3.61) 1.02 (0.35) B: 2, C: 8
  1. amean ± SD; DW Dry weight
  2. bmean ± SD
  3. cMP Microplastic particles
  4. dmean ± SD; particle size corresponds to geometric mean
  5. eA: December–February; B: March–May; C: June–November