A humpback whale breaching in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, off the coast of California. Image credit: Robert Schwemmer, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
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The "garbage patch" is a popular name for concentrations of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. While this phrase is popularly used, it does not paint an accurate picture of the marine debris problem in this region.
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