By tov617, Oct 6 2017 09:15AM

#inktober2017 Number 4. Underwater sea mammals seem to be pretty adept at eating plastic, thinking it's food or by mistake - many whales can filter vast amounts of sea water at any one time. So I was thinking it seems obvious that, as well as a surface collection system, a large underwater filtration and processing facility could be the ideal platform for mitigating some of the increasing morass of floating plastic sea debris that's now suspended on and below the surface of the sea. The Russian Typhoon class submarine, with its multi-hull design, and its ability to stay underwater for up to 120 days, already exists and has proved itself in active service as a capable piece of kit. There are already ideas to turn the submarines into cargo vessels, due to their large capacity, and it could be an idea to turn one of the pressure hulls into a processing plant for collecting sea plastic. Some suitable ingestion and filtration or separation system for returning sea life back to the ocean, while retaining the sea plastic, would need to be well thought out, with regular deliveries to transport vessels to take the plastic away. Being underwater it would mean that it would be less weather dependent and it would easily be able to travel to the middle of the Atlantic or Pacific for extended periods. According to the internet, the Typhoon class is being enlarged into a new research vessel for scientific environmental purposes as well as military ones, including the ability to deploy unmanned submarines for seabed work. There seems to be no reason why this system could not be developed to also collect plastic from the sea floor. The main question being, is there already too much plastic in the ocean? #inktober #seaplastic #pollution #theplasticgobbler