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Categories: Geography   |   Environmental   |   Science   |   Sports  
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Ben Lecomte’s route across the Pacific took years of planning, with input from meteorologists, oceanographers, and salty sailors alike – but it turns out this wild ocean packs some punches that can’t be anticipated.

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Introducing ‘The Swim’: A 5500-Mile Expedition Across the Pacific Ocean
"Ben Lecomte and his crew embark on a historic swim across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to gain awareness on the state of ocean health."

A 51-year-old just began a 5,500-mile swim across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to San Francisco
"Throughout the entire trip, Lecomte and the boat accompanying him on the journey plan to collect samples and test the water, looking for everything from contamination from the Fukushima incident to the presence of microplastics in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

[THE WIRE] Citizen science
"Right after my internship, I knew about The Swim and the project seemed amazing, it was all together: An expedition across the Ocean, with a guy swimming to spread awareness about ocean pollution, with a sailboat supporting, with a citizen science program to collect data and samples. I thought: Yes, I wanna be part of that."


Ben Lecomte’s historic 5,500-mile swim from Japan to San Francisco 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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