Multibeam data acquired with Okeanos Explorer’s EM302 multibeam system during cruise EX0909 offshore Hawaii’s big island Wini Seamount.

A device called a “Manta Net” will be used during the exploration cruise to sample seawater at the air-sea interface for plastics. The samples collected will allow scientists to gain a greater understanding of the characteristics and extent of the “Pacific Garbage Patch.” Image courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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