Frenchman aiming to swim across Pacific Ocean

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Lecomte and his nine-person support team have today set out from Tokyo on an epic expedition expected to last more than six months and see the Frenchman arrive in San Francisco.

"It is mind over matter", said Lecomte, who is also an architectural consultant based in Austin, Texas when not in the water.

"I am not an Olympic swimmer, but I am an adventurer in the way that I push my limits", he added.

But Lecomte says that raising awareness about pollution is more important than setting records. "You have to make sure you always think about something positive or you always have something to think about", he said, reflecting on the task ahead.

"When you don't have anything to occupy your mind, it goes into kind of a spiral, and that's when trouble starts", he said.

He will swim approximately eight hours a day. He will swim for eight hours, jump on board the support boat to eat and sleep, and then enter the water again.

In this picture taken on June 3, 2018, French swimmer Benoit "Ben" Lecomte poses during an interview with AFP in Choshi, Chiba prefecture.

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Mr Lecomte, who previously swam across the Atlantic in 1998, admitted he would probably hit a "wall" after four to six hours of swimming.

'When I was little and I was with my father walking on the beach, I didn't see any plastic, or hardly any.

In 1998, Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in MA and finishing in France, the BBC reported.

But Lecomte will actually be in the water, potential shark bait.

He will face giant waves, sharks and jellyfish, and will also swim through part of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in his attempt to be the first to accomplish the feat of swimming across the world's biggest ocean.

From Chshi, he will swim north up the coast of Japan, helped by the Kuroshio current before he joins the North Pacific current going east.

Scientific teams accompanying Lecomte, including NASA, will collect more than 1,000 water samples and study plastic pollution, mammal migration and the effect of extreme endurance events on the human body.

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