28K Rubber duckies and our oceans

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    What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans?

    A shipping container filled with rubber duckies was lost at sea in 1992, and the bath toys are still washing ashore today.

    In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 plastic bath toys was lost at sea when it fell overboard on its way from Hong Kong to the United States. No one at the time could have guessed that those same bath toys would still be floating the world's oceans nearly 20 years later.

    Today that flotilla of plastic ducks are being hailed for revolutionizing our understanding of ocean currents, as well as for teaching us a thing or two about plastic pollution in the process, according to the Independent.

    Since that fabled day in 1992 when they were unceremoniously abandoned at sea, the yellow ducks have bobbed halfway around the world. Some have washed up on the shores of Hawaii, Alaska, South America, Australia and the Pacific Northwest; others have been found frozen in Arctic ice. Still others have somehow made their way as far as Scotland and Newfoundland, in the Atlantic.

    The charismatic duckies have even been christened with a name, the "Friendly Floatees," by devoted followers who have tracked their progress over the years.

    What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans? | MNN - Mother Nature Network
     
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    Billions of tax dollars goes into oceanographic research, and none of the smartheads thought of releasing 28,000 gps-tagged rubber duckies.

    Or even untagged ones.
     
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    I guess some lessons in life just present themselves on their own while we arent looking ;)
     
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    The same thing happened in the early 90's with 60,000 Nike shoes.

    Ocean Planet:Staying on Top
     
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    It would just be nice to see the brainiacs have just the tiniest bit of imagination for the money of ours they are getting.
     
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    I like the map of where some of the ducks have landed (all over the world). Reminds me of the balloon lauches we used to have in grade school. Tie notes to helium balloons...let them go. And then, if and when found... people would sometimes write the school and let them know how far they traveled.
     
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