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Broken sails don’t mean broken spirits for Ben Lecomte and his team. After six grueling months on the water, 'Seeker' has landed in Hawaii with a treasure trove of rare data and a commitment to a cleaner future.

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Swimmer Reaches Hawaii Six Months After Entering the Pacific Ocean in Japan
""My legs are a little shaky,' he was quoted as saying by CNN affiliate KHON2. 'I'm not used to having something stable, but it feels good. I grabbed some sand with my hand to feel the earth.....' Today, The Swim as a world record attempt has stopped but The Swim as a platform keeps on living because it has always been the most important goal of the expedition.'"

He swam from Japan to Hawaii and at times saw a piece of plastic in the ocean every three minutes
"'Sometimes we're swimming with whales around and then boom, 10 minutes later, a big floating plastic, a blob. A lot of it is something that we all use at home,' he told KHON. 'To see that with sea life, that was very disturbing.'"

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Ben Lecomte's historic swim across the Pacific Ocean is a feat that can’t be missed. Join us as we dive into the most extensive data set of the Pacific Ocean ever collected. Learn about the technology the Seeker crew is using to deter sharks away from Ben and measure the impact of the long-distance swim on his mind and body. Ben's core mission is to raise awareness for ocean health issues, so we’ll investigate key topics such as pollution and plastics as he swims closer to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, discover potential consequences from climate change, and examine how factors like ocean currents can impact his progress along the way.

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