“Ben and the team have risked their lives to deepen our understanding of the Pacific Ocean and demonstrate the consequences of pollution,” said Seeker’s Chief Content Officer, Caroline Smith. “Reaching this unique area of the Pacific is a significant milestone that will allow us to better understand the impact that humans have had on the health of the oceans. Seeker is incredibly proud to partner with Ben to share his extraordinary experiences and scientific findings with our audiences around the world."
Negotiating unprecedented weather conditions during the Western Pacific’s typhoon season, the crew departed from Choshi, Japan on June 5, 2018 for Ben’s 5000-mile world record breaking attempt to swim across the Pacific. After swimming more than 500 nautical miles, the team was forced to pause The Swim and retreat back to the Japanese coast due to the life-threatening storms and typhoons, which were on a direct path to collide with the team. Digital-first science publisher Seeker and Nomadica Films have been with him from the beginning allowing viewers from around the world to watch and follow Ben and his crew as they make history and explore the world’s largest ocean and the impacts of man-made pollution on its waters.
More than just a swim, “The Swim” is the first citizen science expedition of its kind. In collaboration with 27 science institutions including NASA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Ben and his crew have already collected nearly 1100 samples along the way in an effort to learn more about plastic pollution, mammal migrations, extreme endurance and even long term spaceflight. Ben and his crew will highlight the actions of their NGO partners, including Ocean Voyages Institute and Algalita Marine Research Foundation, and raise awareness of plastic pollution and climate change.
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