It took on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Now it's broken.

It set sail from San Francisco Bay in September in high hopes and more than a little fanfare, the destination The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The goal was for the giant floating boom to make a belly in the large archipelago of plastics that choke the oceans between California and Hawaii.

But this week, the ideal group that developed the boom said that it should be towed back to the gate – in two pieces.

"Of course, we're pretty bummed about this, wrote the Dutch organization, Ocean Cleanup, on a blog that crowned the device's triumphs and travails.

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