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Boyan Slat on the day of the first system's launch.

The massive plastic-cleaning device in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch probably won’t hurt sea creatures — but there’s still a big p...

Environmentalists predicted that the tool would endanger marine life, but The Ocean Cleanup found that animals have been ignoring the device.
The gray whale that washed ashore Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Monday.

Scientists are voicing concern after 9 dead gray whales washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay in 2 months

The ninth dead gray whale washed ashore Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Monday.
Two U. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the Pacific Ocean on a routine training mission, August 1, 2018.

US and Chinese bombers have been flexing their muscles over an important waterway

It's been a busy week for Chinese and US bombers, both of which have participated in military drills in the same neighborhood recently.
Boyan Slat on the day of the first system's launch.

The massive ocean-cleanup device invented by a 24-year-old broke down in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Here’s what went wrong.

The Ocean Cleanup's 2,000-foot-long device was spilling plastic into the ocean instead of cleaning it and had to return to shore in December.
Waves Crash On South Carmel River Beach Also Known As Monastery Beach, Carmel.

A Scotsman may have faked his own death off the California coast to avoid rape charges, officials say

Kim Gordon, a Scottish tourist, disappeared after diving into the Pacific Ocean in Carmel, California, on February 25.
Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commanding officer of US Coast Guard Pacific Area, addresses the crew and sailors aboard the cutter Bertholf in the Pacific Ocean, July 20, 2018.

Unpaid Coast Guard members are deploying for a months-long mission in the Pacific — at home, their bosses are warning about their houses

The Coast Guard cutter Bertholf deployed to the Pacific on January 20, amid a government shutdown that has families worried about basic expenses.
The 2,000-foot-long plastic cleaning array, known as "Wilson."

The massive ocean cleanup device invented by a 24-year-old is spilling plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup's plastic-collecting tool is still struggling to do its job in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The swimmer Ben Lecomte 1,000 nautical miles (about 1,150 miles) off the coast of Japan on his way across the Pacific.

The Frenchman racing to become the first person to swim across the Pacific is calling it quits, but he says he’ll be back next year

Ben Lecomte is calling it quits, but he says he'll dip his fins back into the Pacific next summer, pointed toward the Pacific Garbage Patch.
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter James stands behind bales of cocaine topped by punctured engine cowlings, during an offload in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 15, 2018.

The Coast Guard is catching record amounts of cocaine, and activity is growing around a smuggling hotspot

The Coast Guard is scouring the Pacific Ocean to stop traffickers, who are taking longer and longer routes to get their drugs to the US.
East Island, located in the Pacific Ocean, has largely disappeared after being struck by Hurricane Walaka in early October.

An intense storm has wiped out a remote Hawaiian island, and it’s a sign of things to come

East Island is located 550 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. In October, the island was wiped off the map when Hurricane Walaka swept through it.