Pacific Garbage Patch gathering place for debris, life thanks to currents

Velella (blue jellies) known as by-the-wind sailors, drift with the wind. (Courtesy Photo/Denis Riek)

Blue button jellies float on the surface. (Courtesy Photo/Denis Riek)

The North Pacific “Garbage Patch” aggregates an abundance of floating sea creatures, as well as the plastic waste it has become infamous for, according to a study published in PLOS Biology and co-authored by oceanographers in the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST).