Severe Storms Threaten Ben Lecomte's Record-Setting Swim Across The Pacific Ocean

Intense Weather Wracks the Pacific as Ben and the Seeker Crew Maneuver to Avoid Dangerous Typhoons and Tropical Storms 

Seeker Team is Seeing Far More Debris and Plastic Pollution Than Expected, Committed to Continuing the Journey 
Company Release
July 31, 2018

San Francisco, CA (July 31, 2018) – Seeker, the no. 1 most-engaged science publisher on social in the world, today announced that Ben Lecomte’s historic 5,000-mile swim across the Pacific Ocean was threatened by Typhoon Wukong, Typhoon Jongdari and one other tropical storm system, which were on a direct path to collide with the team at sea. Since departing from Choshi, Japan on June 4, 2018, Ben has swam more than 521 nautical miles and has been surprised by the unexpected sheer volume and consistent encounters with plastics and trash that are making the trans-Pacific swim that much more difficult. The team has safely avoided the life-threatening storms by heading towards Japan. The journey has been fraught with storms and mechanical problems. This forced break allows Ben and the team to repair some mechanical issues, but the crew is eager to continue the trip once the storms have subsided. Once conditions at sea are safe, the Seeker vessel will return Ben to his last nautical location -- marking the team’s stronger-than-ever recommitment to persevering in spite of these challenges.

Viewers can watch the unprecedented environmental challenges facing The Swim HERE.

About Seeker:
Seeker is the #1 most engaging science brand on social media in the world [Source: Tubular]. Our stories explain the world through the lens of science. Seeker aims to satisfy curiosity, make science relatable and inspire young audiences. We encourage our viewers to question, dream and create. In December 2016, Seeker joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo and NowThis to form Group Nine Media, one of the world's largest digital-first media companies. 

About Discovery Channel:​
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information please visit

About Nomadica Films:
Nomadica Films is a full-service entertainment production company run by partners Jared McGilliard, David Clawson and John Collin JR. Before starting Nomadica in 2016, the team was the creative force behind several highly rated and critical acclaimed hits on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, among others. Nomadica specializes in projects that take place at the ends of the earth, in some of the planet's most remote and dangerous environments. They create intensely intimate human stories with a rich, cinematic and original visual style.


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