Rare Albatross Spotted Eating Plastic Litter in Pacific

Ben usually swims eight hours each day, and a good portion of the attempted 5,500-mile trip so far has already been spent cleaning up trash and freeing animals from debris.

“We saw plastic bottles and nets floating next to whales, and almost every big piece of debris is a home for multiple fish and crabs — like a toxic coral reef,” Paul said. “Every time we see trash on our way, if the conditions are favorable, either Ben swims to it or we retrieve it with our boat hook to [our boat] Seeker.”

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