My husband and I found an interesting documentary on YouTube that I felt was worthy of sharing. We've both sailed across the Pacific several times and have seen a definite increase in the amount of floating trash plus the visible specs of plastic when you pull in a bucket of water. I have spent many hours in the cockpit on watch wondering how much was just below the surface.
Garbage Island follows four students who are part of a research project whose goal is to verify the existence of the mythical "garbage patch" and investigate it's environmental impact.
Be warned if you are sensitive. This was an eye opening documentary we would have thoroughly enjoyed if it weren't for the potty mouth geek dropping the "F" bomb frequently throughout the show and the completely unnecessary first kiss between crewmembers. Also remember the water samples shown are of what has been extracted from a trawl after being dragged behind the boat for 1 hour, not actual water samples.
What we enjoyed most was watching four young people learn there is a life outside cellphones and ipads and how they coped with the "loss" of constant communication with the outside world. Very entertaining.
Enjoy-but screen before you share or let young ones watch.