The question of the duck, part deux


Last updated 11/10/2021 at 11:54am

In 1992, nearly 30,000 rubber duckies fell off of a boat leaving China. Yes, 28,800 bath toys were lost at sea, and for years to follow, rubber duckies washed up on beaches far, far away from where the shipping container was originally compromised.

Tens of thousands of rubber duckies began a journey that took most of them to the beaches of Australia and Indonesia, many making landfall in South America. A few even floated to Hawaii and Tacoma in 1996, some were captured by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a great trash pit of plastic) within the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, while the res...

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