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Swimming From Tokyo To San Francisco To Fight Plastic Pollution

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Plastic pollution is a growing problem in our oceans, and an issue that doesn't get nearly enough attention. Plastics are known to cause problems for numerous marine animals, including sea turtles, seals and seabirds to name just a few. Worse yet, aquatic microorganisms mistake plastic particles for food. It’s estimated that approximately 700 different marine species are threatened with extinction due to plastic waste.

One man is taking courageous steps to reverse this problem: Ben Lecomte. Lecomte, already acclaimed as the first man to swim across the Atlantic Ocean without a kickboard, plans to swim from Tokyo to San Francisco in just over a week. He has partnered with Seeker and Discovery on the event; you can read the whole inspiring story here.

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