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Look out Britain! Here come the plastic ducks... What's left of 28,800 plastic bath toys that were lost at sea 15 years ago are headed for the western shores of the UK, according to a retired oceanographer who has been tracking them since the beginning of their epic voyage.

Curtis Ebbesmeyer had been looking for a way to test a computer model of ocean circulation OSCURS developed by his colleague, Jim Ingraham at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

He knew he had come across a rare opportunity to do just that when he heard that the plastic toys ducks, frogs, beavers and turtles had fallen off a cargo container in the north-western Pacific on 10 January 1992.

Since then, thousands of the durable, waterproof toys many bleached and battered by their maritime travels have been picked up on beaches around the Pacific. Using OSCURS, Ebbesmeyer has predicted their itinerary and each new sighting serves to confirm the model.


http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn12168-uk-on-alert-for-plastic-duck-invasion.html

That will please the doc , lots of his beaver chums are on the way.
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« Reply #1 on: 05/07/2007 06:39:44 »
HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE....LOL..I love some one Curtis has taken the time out of his life to track and report the whereabouts of these love bath time wonder fun toys to find out where when they come ashore and their approximate travel time! And I thought I was bored... LOL LOL
 

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Re: UK on alert for plastic duck & beaver invasion
« Reply #2 on: 05/07/2007 06:43:16 »
it would be so cute if they all came in at the same time.. lol. i want one guys!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 05/07/2007 07:33:20 »
Me too! I want a froggie!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 05/07/2007 07:35:22 »
ok... listen closely... someone catch the duckies and whatnot and send some to karen and i... then sell the rest on ebay!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 05/07/2007 07:57:50 »
Good Idea Kadie.. LOL
 

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« Reply #6 on: 05/07/2007 08:02:30 »
Plastic beavers? PLASTIC beavers? There has to be a joke there somewhere concerning inflatable dolls - but I'm too much of a gentleman to think of it  :D
 

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« Reply #7 on: 05/07/2007 08:11:09 »
Where's Neil.. LOL! He will think it! LOL! He is always goods with the funnies! LOL
 

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