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Jordan Mulkey Mrs. Nancy Fields Oceanography 3/08/11 “Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey” While I was reading through the AMS Ocean in the News stories, I came across one that truly baffled my young mind. The article stated that an armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago and that since then, these plastic playthings have been on the greatest journey the world has ever seen. Originally starting in 1992, these brave ducks were washed overboard into the eastern Pacific Ocean one stormy January night. Since then, they have traveled around half the world, or around 17,000 miles. Seeing more than most people do, these ducks have been to places such as over the site where the Titanic sank. They have also been to Hawaii and even spent years frozen in an Arctic ice pack. The reason they have been able to survive is because of the fact that they are made from durable plastic that is watertight. The ducks have even advanced the field of oceanography, as well improved our knowledge of
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Unformatted text preview: the great ocean currents. It seems really incredible that some of the ducks completed their own “Northwest Passage”, travelling via currents through the Arctic, near Alaska, and then moved around one mile per day eastward, towards the Atlantic Ocean. The company that manufactured the ducks, “The First Years”, is even offering a bounty for the ducks, since they considered them important to scientific research. As long as they are retrieved from New England, Canada, or Iceland, each duck returned is worth around $ 100. The most interesting part of the ducks’ journey to me is the fact that even little plastic ducks in this giant place can make a huge impression and even benefit the world. People should come together and cherish this shipping mistake; generations from now, our descendants can pick these up from when they wash up onshore years, and really experience and appreciate a little bit of history from my generation....
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