Portion of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch reaches Waikiki

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Several chunks washed up on the beach in Waikiki, but the bulk of it was towed out to sea.

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The Pacific Gyre continues to grow larger every year.

A large chunk of the Pacific Gyre, or Great Pacific Garbage Patch broke away from the main body of floating debris and threated to wash ashore in Waikiki. The Pacific Gyre is a large, growing patch of floating ocean pollution that swirling currents corral into a large semi-solid island of assorted garbage. Everything from bottles to fishing nets to toothbrushes from sources around the Pacific Rim.

The tightly clumped mass of flotsam that threatened Waikiki seems to have originated from a large gathering of partiers that washed out to sea during Spring Break 2016 in Cabo San Lucas. It apparently drifted into the heart of the Pacific Gyre where they it stuck until a summer storm system broke them off and pushed them in the direction of Hawaii.

This is the first time such a large portion of the Pacific Garbage Patch has come this close to harming Hawaii’s main visitor area, but officials fear it won’t be the last.

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Cabo San Lucas in 2016

Officials from the Coast guard successfully towed the squirming mass, consisting of beer cans, coolers, inflatable animals and intoxicated humans, further out to sea where it disappeared over the horizon in the general direction of Tonga.


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