Monday, March 3, 2008

Pacific Gyre Sample

If the video above is not coming up you can watch it here. Something buggy happening with youtube.

The sample you are looking at was taken off the surface of the ocean 1500 miles from land by my friends Marcus and Anna. Studying the Gyre for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, they surmised that it is 25 million square miles and comprised of approx. 3.5 million tons of plastic debris. While this may not seem like much, consider this, it's a little over a cup of water and it's got all of that in it. And since the fish eat the particles and bigger fish eat those fish, you may just be looking at dinner.



Anonymous said...

Dave, heard you on Kevin and Bean today, and just had to see what this Pacific Gyre was... watched your vid and did a little research. I think that what you are doing is borderline nuts... but what were doing to the environment is whats REALLY crazy. Keep it up! Thanks for sharing this info. Makes me think twice...

here I am! said...

Every time I have some cream and look at the cap that cant go in the recycle bin, I feel bad.
Dairy used to come in one package with no plastic cap and it worked fine.
why all the plastic?
Someone has made money and the earth has suffered.
The famous line told to Dustin Hoffman where the old man had just one word of advice as to how the young Dustin could become rich,that one word was:PLASTIC.