This stuff may sound crazy, but it’s all true!
these are all really believable, some obvious, and most I already knew… apart from lobsters being immortal.
The trash is not larger than the US. Not even close. It is HUGE… but not that huge.
I believe that the last report I heard said that it was about the size of Texas. Which is still pretty big. And it’s just not really a “patch” – it’s not even dense enough to be a visually notable difference between the rest of the ocean, mostly consisting of very small bits of plastic. So it’s nothing like what most people as the “great pacific garbage patch”.
I stopped lending it credibility or paying much attention after the “Lobsters are immortal” line
The size of the patch is unknown, as large items readily visible from a boat deck are uncommon. Most debris consists of small plastic particles suspended at or just below the surface, making it impossible to detect by aircraft or satellite. Instead, the size of the patch is determined by sampling. Estimates of size range from 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres (5,800,000 sq mi) (0.41% to 8.1% of the size of the Pacific Ocean), or, in some media reports, up to “twice the size of the continental United States”. Such estimates, however, are conjectural given the complexities of sampling and the need to assess findings against other areas. Further, although the size of the patch is determined by a higher-than-normal degree of concentration of pelagic debris, there is no standard for determining the boundary between “normal” and “elevated” levels of pollutants to provide a firm estimate of the affected area.