A 51-year-old Frenchman has embarked on a long-distance swim in shark-infested waters - a journey which will take him thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to San Francisco.
Part adventurer, part environmentalist, Lecomte hopes to raise awareness of plastic contamination and ocean pollution and his support team will conduct a raft of experiments on the trip, expected to take between six to eight months.
Lecomte told Reuters news agency that he plans to swim for eight hours and burn off more than 8,000 calories every day.
More than 27 different scientific organisations, some medical and some oceanographic, will be benefiting from the data gathered during the expedition by Mr Lecomte's support team.
"When I was little and I was with my father walking on the beach, I didn't see any plastic, or hardly any".
"It is mind over matter", said Lecomte, who is also an architectural consultant based in Austin, Texas when not in the water.
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"The mental part is much more important than the physical".
"Everybody thinks of "Jaws" but I'm more afraid of cold water and being in pain, and needing to fight that, than sharks". "It's a problem we created and there is a very easy solution to start reversing it-single-use plastics for example, if we stop using them that will make a big change".
"To do the physical aspect of it, sure it is hard and all that but what is much more hard is to be in that very hostile environment, to do that days in and days out, to push you and to push your limits, then the mind has to be super strong".
"The worst thing that can happen is not knowing what you are going to do with your mind and going to the wrong place", he said.
But Lecomte knows the application of science-and a boat stocked with 2.8 tonnes of food-will only get him so far.