A few years ago, I joined a clean-up at Kamilo Beach on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I noted the things we found:
- fishing gear
- whale vertebrae
- a glass float
- hagfish traps
- possible tsunami debris from Japan
- top of a toy rocket
- action figures
- wheels from a toy car
That list has been stashed on my phone for two years.
Because each item tells a story, from forgotten toys to mislaid fishing nets. Each piece of flotsam was made, lost, and carried across the Pacific to the world’s most isolated island chain.
I wanted to learn that story. And, if you’ve ever lost a flip-flop at a beach, or written a message in a bottle, you might want to learn where it went.
You can find out at one of my favorite sites, Adrift. Continue reading Toying around with Ocean Currents