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An accidental spread of what led to a 30-year oceanographic study?



  Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer poses with flotsam that he uses to follow ocean currents
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Answer: Rubber Ducks

In 1992, twelve sea containers from a cargo ship were washed on their way from Hong Kong to the United States. Among the containers washed off the ship was one packed with a delivery for The First Years, Inc. (formerly Kiddie Products, Inc.) – Thousands of rubber ducks, frogs, turtles and beaver bath toys.

Unlike most bath toys, the Friendly Floatees line of toys from The First Years had no drainage holes and was therefore completely watertight ̵

1; allowing them to float indefinitely unless damaged. Two Seattle-based oceanographers – Curtis Ebbesmeyer, seen here and James Ingraham – jumped at the strange event as the chance of a lifetime. In normal oceanographic drift pattern studies, 500-1,000 drift bottles are released. Spilling bath toys was an unprecedented opportunity to follow ocean currents, while no fewer than 28,800 of them had been spilled from the damaged freight container. Within ten months the bath toys began to wash off the coast of islands off the coast of Alaska. They have since been repairing curious beach hairdressers and school children all over the world.

The high recovery rate and the large distances the bath toys have traveled have played a crucial role in both refining theories of ocean currents and movement as in raising awareness about environmental conditions and the interconnectedness of the world's oceans .


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