An amazing challenge : swimming for science across the Pacific: From Tokyo to San Francisco
The Longest Swim is a six-month journey and scientific expedition project aiming to cross the so called "Great Pacific Garbage Patch".
Ben, the swimmer and his crew following him by boat will conduct medical and oceanic research during their crossing of the Pacific from Tokyo to San Francisco.
This adventure will collect data for 8 different scientific projects to learn more about the oceans and human body in extreme conditions.
One of these topics is about plastic pollution, by examining plastic particles collected.
Equipment are provided by renowned institutions as NASA and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
“The Longest Swim is a unique opportunity to better share our scientific results and our message to the public, but also to collect very valuable samples for our research.” said Dr. Erik Zettler, Sea Education Association
Have a look at their Longest Swim press kit