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The ocean is broken (lifeless over 3000 nautical miles)

"I've done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I'm used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen."

In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes.

"Part of it was the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of years ago. The wave came in over the land, picked up an unbelievable load of stuff and carried it out to sea. And it's still out there, everywhere you look."

"In a lot of places we couldn't start our motor for fear of entangling the propeller in the mass of pieces of rope and cable. That's an unheard of situation, out in the ocean.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1848433/the-ocean-is-broken/

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You give hearsay

in the same sentence with a suggestion to check facts? lol

Visualizing the size of the patch probably isn't helpful in understanding the problem. Here's a TED talk from the guy credited with finding the garbage patch, Charles Moore:

http://www.ted.com/talks/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_p...