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Lots Of Little Ducks, All In A Row...

...bobbing across the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans. And now finally set to make landfall in New England, after more than 10 years afloat...

A fascinating BBC news science article on how a lost and smashed container full of plastic ducks has led to a greater understanding of ocean currents. The little yellow beasties have given scientists something to track that's visible against the dark ocean waves. The main flock will arrive in New England, the turbulent oceans sent some as far south as Hawaii, while others are on their way to Europe.

But with around 10,000 containers lost at sea every year, who knows what more dangerous substances are drifting around out there...

Wind up plastic frogs?

Rubber snakes?



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Jul. 12th, 2003 08:21 am (UTC)
Cool story though. I'd've never thought they'd travel so far!
Jul. 12th, 2003 08:54 am (UTC)
Somewhere there must be a story to write about a passenger ship that collides with a container of something very unpleasant or odd...
Jul. 12th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
There is, apparently, a Far Side cartoon about sharks trying to eat mannequins floating away from a sinking cargo ship. Caption: "This must be some kind of sick joke."
Jul. 12th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
I just adore the thought of hordes of plastic duckies out there floating around the oceans. Thank you!

Jul. 12th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
I wonder how the marine biologists would react if it were beeblebears being washed up on the world's shorelines?
Jul. 12th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC)
Bohemiancoast and the Plokta cabal know a song about this...
Jul. 12th, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC)
Rubber duckie, you're the ten thousand and one,
making shipping so much fun,
rubber duckie, we're awfully fond of you!

Jul. 12th, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC)
Rubber duckies,
joy of joys,
Around the world
and you still make noise!
Rubber duckies, you must be so tired, poor you...

Every day when I
Make my way to the coast line
I find it's overrun with
cheesy bathtoys, it's so fine,


I will now go find a brick wall and apply my head to it... liberally...
Jul. 13th, 2003 07:12 pm (UTC)

That's grand.

Puts me in mind of a friend of mine who went to a Hallowe'en party in costume as the Rubber Duckie ... a la Mae West. "Is that a bath sponge in your pocket or are you happy to see me?"
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