There are two patches of garbage in the ocean that together are twice as large as the continental United States.
That is disgusting.
We had no idea but apparently there is a "plastic soup" of garbage drifting in a "trash vortex" of ocean currents in the northern pacific about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast.
It's not like it's literally a giant garbage island you could walk on, but a huge mass of chemical sludge and broken down polymers with the occasional lego piece, bottle or kayak. No joke.
A former sailor came across the patch by chance while he was sailing from Hawaii to Los Angeles.
He found himself surrounded by garbage every day. He said:
"Every time I came on deck, there was trash floating by. How could we have fouled such a huge area? How could this go on for a week?"
Scientists have been looking into cleaning up the patch for a while but it's tough to estimate truly how big it is and to find a good way to scoop up all those plastics.
Maybe everybody can just stop polluting!!
Stop growing the great garbage patch!
[Image via Fruggo/Wikimedia Commons.]