Although much of the debris concentrated in the “garbage patch” is composed of small bits of plastic not immediately visible to the naked eye, large items are occasionally observed. On Aug. 11, Scripps Institution of Oceanography SEAPLEX researchers encountered this large ghost net with tangled rope, net, plastic, and various biological organisms.

Although much of the debris concentrated in the “garbage patch” is composed of small bits of plastic not immediately visible to the naked eye, large items are occasionally observed. On Aug. 11, Scripps Institution of Oceanography SEAPLEX researchers encountered this large ghost net with tangled rope, net, plastic, and various biological organisms. Image courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

 

Related Links

NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer

Okeanos Explorer: EX1006 Expedition 2010

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery