Coming on this journey was equal in two parts. The first being the desire to learn and continue to give back to our environment; the second was that of a personal journey, as in having an opportunity of true reflection in understanding of how my life has unfolded.
Never would I have imagined the opportunity to sail from Brazil to South Africa but more importantly learn more about this new phenomenon known as the 5 Gyres, which some refer to as "plastic trash islands the size of Texas."
Sadly, there is no such thing.
Standing on top of the bow this morning, in every direction that I looked, was a cobalt blue ocean, so stunning in beauty that it is difficult to imagine how much plastic debris is out here floating by. Even out here, in the middle of this vast ocean. Some 2,000 miles out to sea between Brazil and South Africa, I have witnessed firsthand what an impact we have as humans on our oceans, with our continued everyday usage of plastics and how that plastic is broken down over time, into tiny particles that are being digested by fish and sprinkled across our oceans surface and gathered in the trawls that we set out. It is yet unknown whether plastic is ever broken down into nothingness.