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Toying around with Ocean Currents

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If you drop a flotilla of duckies near San Diego, most of them end up in the North Pacific Gyre, a.k.a. the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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
  • shoes
  • possible tsunami debris from Japan
  • top of a toy rocket
  • action figures
  • wheels from a toy car
  • toothbrushes
  • lighters

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