He swims across the Pacific to study climate change

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After he crossed the Atlantic in 1998, the Franco-American adventurer Benoit Lecomte will raise another challenge in April 2017, the Pacific Ocean.

The adventure called “The Longest Swim” will start in Tokyo and end in San Francisco, a six-month crawl swim. During this 8800 km swim, Benoit Lecomte will be followed by a boat hosting a team of scientists. The Objective: Promote research on man, marine environment and climate change.

Twelve partnering scientific institutions, including NASA

To reach this objective, twelve partnering scientific institutions, including NASA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will analyze the samples collected by the team and the videos of fifteen cameras and drones. They will also study the vortex of the Pacific’s plastic waste: in the North-East of this ocean, researchers registered up to one million tiny plastic fragments. The swimmer will also follow the way of the nuclear waste, released after the nuclear accident Fukushima-Dai-Ichi (Japan), in 2011, in order to collect data and help comprehend the sequels of the accident.  The journey will also allow deepening knowledge on the evolution of the body in such extreme conditions.

Four years of preparation to take the Pacific

Aged of 49 years, this architect, born in Enghien-les-Bains and resident of Austin (Texas), took four years to prepare himself for this swimming journey across the Pacific. To reach his goal, and besides the three-hour weekly foot, bike and swim races as well as a low-carbohydrate diet, Benoit Lecomte builds his mindset. It is noteworthy that since April, and thanks to a GPS and trackers, internet users can follow on a daily basis the progress of Ben and his performances through an interactive card.