Yellow rubber


On January 10, 1992, a container holding 28,800 child’s bath toys accidentally fell into the North Pacific Ocean. The toys were shaped as red beavers, green frogs, blue turtles, and yellow ducks. Oceanographers Curtis Ebbesmeyer and James Ingraham from Seattle, who were working on an ocean surface current model, became interested in the release of these floating toys and began tracking their progress. Some travelled over 27,000 kilometres. The toys did not have any holes, so they did not absorb water and floated on the surface.


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