When marine biologist Miriam Goldstein sliced open a barnacle's belly, she saw a tiny plastic bauble. So she spilled a few hundred more barnacle guts -- and found humanity's synthetic soul. "I think it speaks to the ubiquity of plastic in the North Pacific," she tells the Huffington Post Canada. "There is a little tiny piece of plastic spread out over thousands upon thousands of miles of the open ocean really far away from land. It is really an enormous problem."Goldstein, an oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego plucked the barnacles from the notorious North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.