LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An ocean cleanup group retrieved an astonishing 40 tons of plastic from the Pacific Ocean during cleanup efforts.

This photo taken June 18, 2019, provided by the Ocean Voyages Institute, shows a large net that was removed from the ocean during the Pacific gyre cleanup in Honolulu. (Greg Yoder/Ocean Voyages Institute via AP)

Ocean Voyages Institute conducted the cleanup between California and Hawaii in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The amount of fishing nets and other plastic debris was equal to about seven fully grown elephants.

Along with mass amounts of fishing nets, detergent bottles, beer crates, cleaning bottles, plastic furniture, buckets, and toys were also found.

According to experts, removing the 40 tons of garbage barely made a dent in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Comments (2)
  1. Carl Swanson says:

    This needs to be done every day, on every shoreline in the world.