Ben Lecomte’s Vortex Swim
Courtesy of Ben Lecomte, North Pacific Garbage Patch, Pacific Ocean.   Ben Lecomte is currently swimming through the highest accumulation zone of plastic in the world’s oceans in The Vortex Swim that started on June 17th, “My crew and I have seen a dramatic increase in our plastic findings. We found a ‘smog’ of microplastic hiding under the ocean surface. Using a custom net, we are collecting on average over 1 plastic particle every other second, an increase of 1000% compared to our previous samples.  It’s one of those issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When I look at the ocean the water looks pristine, however when we tow our net, we collect hundreds, sometimes thousands of pieces of microplastic which is disheartening. During one of my 8-hour swim sessions, I was joined by two sperm whales and a calf, who swam as close as 10 meters from me. The same day when we got back on the boat, we found out that the crew had collected over 3,000 microplastic fragments in their daily 30-minute net tow in the same water.” Read more from his logbook here. Lecomte’s Vortex Swim is a 300 nautical mile (555.6 km) solo stage swim through the highest concentration of human-made discarded plastic in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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