Who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
It was actually stumbled upon by an oceanographer and boat captain, Charles Moore, in 1997. He was sailing home to California when he noticed an unbelievable amount of litter, which stretched far into the horizon.
“As I gazed from the deck at the surface of what ought to have been a pristine ocean, I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic. It seemed unbelievable, but I never found a clear spot. In the week it took to cross the subtropical high, no matter what time of day I looked, plastic debris was floating everywhere: bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments,” he said.