Friendly floatees to invade Britain June 28, 2007Posted by dorigo in humor, news, science, travel.
You don’t need to be an oceanographer like Curtis Ebbesmeyer to love the idea – you just need to have been a child some time ago. Twentynine-thousand plastic ducks, the kind of toy you always find in the bathtub of small children, were dispersed in the pacific ocean in 1992 when a storm wrecked three containers of a cargo ship off the coast of China. They have since traveled the seven seas, some of them landing in Australia, others on the coast of Chile, and more than 10 thousand still around the globe, traveling about a mile a day in a long cold trip through the Bering straits, then frozen in pack ice, and finally thawing out in the warmer Atlantic waters – as Ebbesmeyer had predicted.
The retired oceanographer has spent his time following the ducks and other plastic toys in their 15-years journey. And valuable information has been obtained from the observation of the wanderings of these little plastic creatures. Indeed, they appear to be worth ready money…
The Daily Mail, from which I stole the picture above, has the full story.