By Annie Roth
May 6, 2022
In 2019, the French swimmer Benoit Lecomte swam over 300 nautical miles through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution.
As he swam, he was often surprised to find that he wasn?t alone.
?Every time I saw plastic debris floating, there was life all around it,?
Mr. Lecomte said.
The patch was less a garbage island than a garbage soup of plastic
bottles, fishing nets, tires and toothbrushes. And floating at its surface were blue dragon nudibranchs, Portuguese man-o-wars, and other small surface-dwelling animals, which are collectively known as neuston.
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