The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is estimated by some scientists, at nearly twice the size of Texas, to contain about 7 millions tons of plastic. It is largely made up of a cloudy soup of photodegraded plastics called “microplastics” which hovers just below the surface.
Consider the effects of plastic on ocean life; National Geographic said it perfectly –
“Marine debris can be very harmful to marine life in the gyre. For instance, loggerhead sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellies, their favorite food. Albatrosses mistake plastic resin pellets for fish eggs and feed them to chicks, which die of starvation or ruptured organs. Seals and other marine mammals are especially at risk. They can get entangled in bandoned plastic fishing nets, which are being discarded more often because of their low cost. Seals and other mammals often drown in these forgotten nets — a phenomenon known as “ghost fishing.”