Historical Thursday: Rubber Ducks For Science! – There, I Fixed It – Epic Kludge Photos

Happy Thursday Fixers! This week, what with the gulf being one lightning storm from Armageddon, I thought we could look at when ocean accidents turn into something beneficial.

Way back in the day, January of 1992 to be exact, a freighter in the middle of the Pacific Ocean accidentally spilled it’s precious cargo into the sea. What cargo was that? 29,000 rubber duckies. I have scoured the Internets to bring you this dramatic reenactment photo:

Photo Courtesy Of: Tony Crescibene

Once oceanographers realized the runaway ducks were caught in the Subpolar Gyre, or ocean current as we would call it, they decided to use them to learn more about how currents flow and how far and fast the effects of ocean pollution travel. Since then, the ducks have been spotted all over the world and as of 2003 have completely circumnavigated the globe. Take that Magellan. The ducks have even earned a degree of fame with their journey being turned into a children’s novel by Eric Carle; author the The Hungry Little Caterpillar.

If you’re interested in the details of the ducks’ journey, or would like to know the best place to keep an eye to the sea for a wayward duck, I got my information from Rubaduck.com


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