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The sophisticated filtration system of giant manta rays might be the key to ridding the ocean of trash in the future.

In a new study, scientists looked at the marine animal's liquid-solid filtration system which can separate large volumes of particles such as tiny planktons and small fishes from water. The team recreated physical modeling of a manta ray's gill raker to simulate how manta rays separate solid and liquid particles that allow high flow rates and with no clogging.

The study was published in the journal Science Advances.

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