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VIDEO: A Global Issue

A polluted beach on the island of Hawaii. 

A polluted beach on the island of Hawaii. 

It’s likely that before you even made it out of your bedroom this morning you came into contact with some sort of plastic. Maybe it was the case protecting your cellphone or the synthetic fibers in your bedroom carpet. Perhaps you tossed your dirty clothes into plastic laundry bin. Plastic is everywhere, and unfortunately, millions of tons of it ends up in our oceans each year.

The problem is so pervasive that it’s almost impossible to imagine removing all this plastic. Still, organizations such as Boyan Slat’s The Ocean Cleanup are working on solutions to rid oceans of plastic. This video from Vice News exposes the depth of the situation and what’s being done to fix it.

You can find out more about Slat’s mission to rid the oceans of plastics by clicking here.


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VIDEO: The Lonely Life Of A Swordfish

A popular target among anglers, the swordfish is a solitary billfish that can be found as deep as 1,800 feet below the surface. Equipped with huge, softball-size eyes that allow it to see in the darkness of the abyss, swordfish use their broad, sword-like bills to slash and stun prey. This NOAA video shows a swordfish at 1,739 feet doing just that.


First Ocean Garbage Collecting Boom Launched

After five years of planning and testing, the nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup has deployed its first collection boom to remove plastic from the Pacific Ocean.


VIDEO: Cleaning house

Despite facing immense skepticism, 23-year-old Boyan Slat plans on ridding the earth’s oceans of discarded plastics. He is preparing to demonstrate his innovative Ocean Cleanup system in the Pacific Ocean by the end of the year.


VIDEO: Definitely Not A Canoe

Michael Danesi isn’t the first retiree to build a boat in his barn, but Danesi dreams big and is constructing a Chebacco – a traditional 40-foot schooner from New England.

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VIDEO: Of Mouse And Mayflower

The Mayflower II, a 1957 reproduction of the original ship that brought Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago, is undergoing a complete refit at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Among the upgrades she is receiving are all-new stays for her three masts. This video from the museum shows how a rigger fabricates a mouse — an elaborate work of marlinspike seamanship — for each stay.


A Timely Tale: When Women Wrangled the Whitbread

Thirty years after an all-woman sailing crew completed the Whitbread Round the World Race, a documentary film brings the rousing story to the screen.

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VIDEO: The Art Of The Prop

This video from Yamaha Outboards shows the art and craft of making modern outboard engines and demonstrates the surprisingly ancient techniques used to create cutting-edge propellers.

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Docking Like A Boss

A Norwegian non-profit commissioned a series of humorous videos to promote sober boating. WATCH