The tsunami that hit Japan pulled back a lot of debris into the ocean as the waters receded.
Some will sink to the bottom somewhere offshore – some will float for a long time.
University of Hawaii scientists have been working up a computer model on what might happen.
The end result?
It could get messy on our beaches in the future.
UH oceanographer Nikolai Maximenko says, “It moves eastward, just north of Hawaii and moves toward the Pacific garbage patch and stays there and eventually that garbage will escape to our Hawaiian shores.”