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Discoveries made of… rubber ducks!

In 1992 a shipping container filled with rubber ducks was lost at sea. Over 29,000 rubber duckies fell overboard on their way from Japan to the United States.

And the sea got crowded with thousands of the small yellow squealing rubber ducks floating on the tides.

Many of them have since washed up on the shores of Hawaii, Alaska, South America, Australia and the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to the unfortunate rubber explorers the scientists were able to estimate the oceanic circulation rate. By finding a duck on different shores of the world they figured out that the ocean waters make a full circuit around the world for 3 years! A nice moment to say a big BRAVO to the little rubber fellows and their not so famous brethren!

Anecdotally there are over 2,000 of them, caught up in a vast vortex of water, called Gyre and whirling around and around in the sea for 20 years, even now as we speak! Who knows what discoveries they are bound for…

Learn more at http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/lost-at-sea-on-the-trail-of-mobyduck-2226788.html