The swim may end, but the reason why Ben Lecomte tried to swim across the Pacific Ocean is as important as never before.
Lukote used about 1,700 miles of water in the water on the planet's problem of developing a problem of plastic pollution. He and the crew have dragged off the harsh weather systems, seasickness and stable stream garbage. But the intermittent exploitation of the storm led to their research vessel highway, SeekerIn November, they are forced to throw back the port of Hawaii.
"We had to stop the world record, but all the time we gathered data and samples for plastic, microprocessor and fibers for all our research partners," said Lecott.
He waded ashore Monday at Oahu's famous Waikiki Beach after jumping into the water to swim last mile back. She met on the beach with a lei and fresh pineapple and berries, which she'd been craving after almost four months offshore.
The jokes of the Japanese port of Yokohama, Lukate and Seeker, were hiked by the crew of nine hail, which resulted in six months in the sea. They are The kidnapped seaside The ship arrived on board a 20-meter boat By typhoonsAnd had Accidentally dodge the cargo ship.
Nevertheless, Lecomte has an average of eight hours of water covering about 16 miles per day with a boost from the ocean current. From September, he had a 1000 mile distance from the land boundary.
"I never had this movement when I said:" Oh, can you? It's very hard … "" I have made my effort well and mentally well to get a good rhythm. "
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Expedition scooping 2.4 plastic fragments out of the Pacific Minute using a special network, while geotagging and tracking large pieces such as revoked fishing nets Which can be trapped in the sea life Such as porpoises or turtles.
Lukote said he was disappointed that he would not complete a trans-swim swimming, but he was delighted that his proposal would focus on the world's largest ocean across the plastic crisis.
"It was very important for us to involve people, interested in them and plastic contamination," he said. "Because this is not a problem."
Getting people involved in this issue is difficult, because the problem makes many people more distant, Lecott added.
"When we got an opportunity, our people said:" Oh, because what you do is change my habits. Now I do not use a straw anymore, "or something like that," he said.
"It was an amazing feeling that we knew we had an impact," he continued. "This is what one needs – one person to make a change, and I hope that what we do and what we do is helping him to make the right changes."
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The little bit of plastic is replaced by the vessel, the sea bed and the terrestrial animals like the Earth – even the mood of the human being. They harm the animals who eat them and they are concerned about human health, as the harmful chemicals are known as permanent organic pollutants, such as dioxins and PCBs that may fit for plastics. Experts say that citizens can help solve the problem that their household materials are properly or recycled – or less likely it uses.
The Sky crew also collected data on various subjects at the coast of more than ten scientific institutions. They have discovered the giant phytoplankton vision, the depth of which is the depth of photosynthesized nutrients in depth. They have received water temperatures, salinity and pH questions that are climatic changes because the oceans are more acidic because they absorb more carbon dioxide in the air.
Seeker's onboard medicine Maks Romeijin kept tabs Lecomte heart function, bone density and vision because he spent many days each day with water. Such recordings can help NASA with the help of doctors to study the effects of long-term, low-intensity space missions on astronauts.
Voyageâ € ™ s end was hurricaneed in November that was damaged Seeker Vessels, including the hull of the highway. This boat was left only by auxiliary engines and limited fuel, which resulted in the crew cut short.
"It was not a happy moment," said Lecott. The boat explained, "Everything is moving, you can not do much, you'll be in the water at that time because I'm a bit shimmering down and down the rhythm when you're on a wall or something else."
To return to Hawaii, he will return to the water "When we looked at something interesting, it was necessary to find waste debris. But the main thing is to return to the land as soon as possible. "
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After the repair break and winter vacation, Seeker Will be returned to Pacific California via the Northern Pacific Ocean in the accumulation zone, which is now known as the Great Pacific Coast. This ocean flow is an exhausting deadlock that transfers 79,000 metric tons of plastics – all of the old soda bottles from the fisheries.
Lukote said that he hopes to see the vision of the fish in this trip.
"The mission will not be stopped here," he said. "I think we will still have to fulfill this task in one part of the Pacific Ocean.