Frenchman embarks on six-month swim across Pacific Ocean

French swimmer Benoit'Ben Lecomte who previously swam solo across the Atlantic in 1998 is facing an epic 5,500-mile solo swim across the Pacific

Ben Lecomte has set off from Japan in an effort to swim to California, undaunted by sharks, low temperatures, fierce weather, a enormous garbage patch-and the fact that nobody has even swum across the Pacific before.

That's the term scientists use to describe billions of pieces of microplastic in the sea.

Ben Lecomte is to swim from Japan to California.

Past of Lecomte's journey will take him through a 1,600-kilometres floating pile of garbage that is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

"The challenge is to keep doing the same thing for hour after hour and day after day", 50-year-old Mr Lecomte told The Telegraph before his departure from Choshi Beach, to the north-east of Tokyo.

Lecomte is shaking off any personal threat.

More than 27 different scientific organizations, some medical and some oceanographic, will be benefiting from the data gathered during the expedition by Lecomte's support team. "Now, everywhere I go on the beach, I see plastic everywhere".

"Now every time I go with my kids, we see plastic everywhere".

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"If we are all aware of it then after it is much easier to take action and to change our behaviour because the solution is in our hands".

French swimmer Benoit Lecomte to swim across the Atlantic ocean, made a decision to conquer the largest terrestrial reservoir to draw public attention to a "junk spot" of the ocean.

"To complete the swim is just one goal", Lecomte said.

However, Lecomte could not wait to get started.

He said the hardest part was getting back into the chilly water every morning and admitted that he would hit a "wall" after around four to six hours every day.

He added: "I try to disassociate my mind from my body and everything that happens to my body - pain or cold, I try to put aside".

"I will remember a family birthday for example and the trick is to engage all your senses-try to remember the wind on your skin, how the sun felt, the smells".

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