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Daemon
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28,800 Floating Bath Toys Topple into Ocean (1992)

Children's bath toys may seem an unlikely source of oceanographic data, but that is just what they have been since 1992, when a shipment of Friendly Floatees from China went rogue while en route to Tacoma, Washington. It all began when 12 shipping containers went overboard during a storm in the Pacific. One broke open, releasing 28,800 toy ducks, beavers, frogs, and turtles into the water. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer began tracking their progress after the first Floatees washed ashore where? More...
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Daemon wrote:
28,800 Floating Bath Toys Topple into Ocean (1992)

Children's bath toys may seem an unlikely source of oceanographic data, but that is just what they have been since 1992, when a shipment of Friendly Floatees from China went rogue while en route to Tacoma, Washington. It all began when 12 shipping containers went overboard during a storm in the Pacific. One broke open, releasing 28,800 toy ducks, beavers, frogs, and turtles into the water. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer began tracking their progress after the first Floatees washed ashore where? More...


I wish one of them could have reached Scandinavia. What a great (as well as simply straightforward intuitive) way to examine the currents.
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I hate to think that some unfortunate oceanic creatures last meal was vinyl duckie.

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Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer began tracking their progress after the first Floatees washed ashore where?
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Interesting how the Ocean Gyres work. We know less about our oceans than we do about the moon. This is an area rich in research opportunity and who knows,floating observation devises like the little ducks may be just such a devise to provide GPS three dimensional data. And if we make the edible, we can track the movement and digestion cycle of marine animals.

A gyre in oceanography is any large system of rotating ocean currents, particularly those moving from the cold latitudes to the warm hemisphere and then back north. Gyres are caused by the Coriolis Effect; planetary vorticity along with horizontal and vertical friction, which determine the circulation patterns from the wind curl.

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