18 February 2009

Ocean Trash

Something in Mr. V's blog from the Bahamas reminded me of a story I had once read about ocean trash. Mr Voskuil stated that he had found plastic bottles from three continents. I thought, how could that be? How could trash from another continent end up on an island where no one really lives? I remembered the story had something to do with RUBBER DUCKS and OCEAN CURRENTS.

I found the info, so here it is...On the 10th of January 1992 approximately 29,000 rubber ducks fell off of a cargo ship in a container somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It takes about ten months for the ducks to start landing on the shore of Alaska. More and more started showing up on beachers around the world, even years later. The guy pictured below has done an extensive study on what exactly happened. Please go to his website and read more -


Dean Orbison with turtles, ducks, beavers, and frogs. After
12 years adrift, the frogs and turtles remained true-blue to their original
colors (green and blue, respectively), whereas the ducks and beavers faded from
yellow and red to white, respectively. Dorothy Orbison photo

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