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Ben Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometers from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste.Part adventurer, part environmentalist, Lecomte hopes to raise awareness of plastic contamination and ocean pollution and his support team will conduct a raft of experiments on the trip, expected to take between six to eight months.Lecomte aims to swim around eight hours a day and will burn off more than 8,000 calories daily in the process. Lecomte also uses mind tricks that keep him going through the physical torture of eight hours of ocean swimming per day.
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