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Moby Duck

If I were to tell you that rubber ducks have revolutionized how scientists view and understand ocean currents, would you believe me? No? Neither would I, but you should because it’s completely true and one of my favorite science stories! In 1992, a container cargo ship from Hong Kong set out for Washington but encountered a rough storm during the voyage. One of the containers, filled with nearly 30,000 bathtub toys (rubber ducks, frogs, turtles, and beavers) called Friendly Floatees, fell overboard and somehow broke open, releasing all of the toys into the ocean. These plastic toys, like their name …

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