They flooded the ocean and helped scientists: Rubber Duck Day

Yellow flock in the ocean

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In January 1992, the cargo ship transported shipping containers from Hong Kong to the United States. It happened by an unfortunate accident that one container full of favorite toys fell into the water overboard. The curious accident caused more than 28,000 artificial feathers to enter the ocean. The unique yellow flock thus began its magnificent round trip around the globe, controlled by sea currents.

They swam the world

Although scientists were aware of the grouping of currents at the time, monitoring their “voyage” helped to examine the movements of the individual currents more accurately. Thanks to the currents, the rubber feathers sailed to various places. Some ended up in Alaska, others in Hawaii, on the coast of South America or Australia. Some ducks sailed so far north that they were trapped by ice. And one duck even looked all the way to Scotland in 2007.

Two thousand perseverers

A large number of enthusiasts are still following the path of rubber toys. Even these self-floating yellow toys from a crashed container have a name – The Friendly Floatees. From the original yellow flock, more than two thousand of them still roam the ocean and sea levels.

It wasn’t just ducks

Although in connection with the curious container accident in January 1992 you will find mentions only of yellow ducks, in the container, and later in the ocean, there were other toys – green flip flops, blue turtles and red beavers. It is interesting that the toys before the accident were stored in a container, each separately in a cardboard box. The salt water quickly broke the packaging, and the rubber toys were released.

75 years old patent

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The exact origin of the ducks is not known, but they gradually began to be produced with the development of industrial rubber production in the early 19th century. At first, the ducks were made of harder rubber and didn’t swim. In the 1930s, these rubber toys began to take their place in bathrooms. One of the first models from 1931 had holes in it, so water gushed out when connected to the hose.

The first floating duck saw the light of day in 1938. And a yellow rubber plumage, similar to today’s, was formed 9 years later. The sculptor Peter Ganine had a yellow duck patented, which also included a whistle.

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