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North Pacific Garbage Patch Expedition

Specimens collected by the SEAPLEX expedition.

Specimens collected by the SEAPLEX expedition.

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

The Scripps Research Vessel travelled about 1,200 miles into the Pacific Ocean.

The Scripps Research Vessel travelled about 1,200 miles into the Pacific Ocean.

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Fish mistake small pieces of plastic for food.

Fish mistake small pieces of plastic for food.

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Lantern Fish are among the fish in the North Pacific that inject plastic.

Lantern Fish are among the fish in the North Pacific that inject plastic.

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Small pieces of plastic drift through the Northern Pacific, and are mistakenly eaten by fish.

Small pieces of plastic drift through the Northern Pacific, and are mistakenly eaten by fish.

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Two researchers on the expedition took samples from a net that contained fish, plastic and other small pieces of rubbish.

Two researchers on the expedition took samples from a net that contained fish, plastic and other small pieces of rubbish.

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

While deployed in a small boat, SEAPLEX researchers encountered a large ghost net with tangled rope, net, plastic, and various biological organisms.

While deployed in a small boat, SEAPLEX researchers encountered a large ghost net with tangled rope, net, plastic, and various biological organisms.

Photo by Jim Leichter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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