A dead gar lies on a small beach on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County on Oct. 6, 2018. Was this fish was a victim of red tide. Who knows? / Photos by J.D. Vivian

Plastics, as we know, are beneficial. But there’s a downside to them if they’re not recycled.

Plastic spoons, bottle caps, wrappers, straws and other items — besides the dead gar — also litter the small beach.

For more information on plastics, microplastics and how they can affect us all, read the following stories.

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