The Reel: Arctic Garbage Patch
Turns out garbage circulates through all the ocean gyres, meaning a piece of plastic could start out in California, drift into the North Pacific garbage patch, then, in a number of years, makes its way into the South Pacific garbage patch, and eventually the South Atlantic garbage patch after that.
And there's another gyre collecting plastic into a garbage patch in the Arctic too. That raises the total to 6 garbage patches. I wouldn't be surprised if our friends at 5 Gyres already have an expedition planned.
Read more about the discoveries made by researchers at University of New South Wales, Australia, here.