Found floating in a fishing net in August 2009, this stuffed dog was hauled onboard and christened Lucky. It became SEAPLEX's unofficial mascot.
Lucky's rescue brought home a startling statistic: An estimated 80 percent of the trash in the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch was simply discarded by people on shore, according to Doug Woodring of Project Kaisei, an ocean-health nonprofit that collaborated with SEAPLEX. Cutting down on that type of waste is likely the best way to begin cleaning up the world's oceans, the researchers say.
Photograph courtesy Scripps Institution of Oceanography