Go to the link to read more and to see a graphic. There's no picture because since much of the waste is translucent, satellite images can't detect it. I'll just leave you with this vivid (written) image:
Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer and leading authority on flotsam, has tracked the build-up of plastics in the seas for more than 15 years and compares the trash vortex to a living entity: "It moves around like a big animal without a leash." When that animal comes close to land, as it does at the Hawaiian archipelago, the results are dramatic. "The garbage patch barfs, and you get a beach covered with this confetti of plastic," he added.
(This originally appeared on this date at the old address, which is no longer accessible)