'The First Years' 'Friendly Floatee', plastic duck, 1990-1992

Made:
1990-1992 in China

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Toy: 'The First Years' 'Friendly Floatee', yellow plastic duck, swept overboard in North Pacific in 1992 and washed up
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Toy: 'The First Years' 'Friendly Floatee', yellow plastic duck, swept overboard in North Pacific in 1992 and washed up
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Toy: 'The First Years' 'Friendly Floatee', yellow plastic duck, swept overboard in North Pacific in 1992 and washed up
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Toy, 'The First Years' 'Friendly Floatee', yellow plastic duck, swept overboard in North Pacific in 1992 and washed up in Sitka, Alaska. Used by Curtis Ebbesmeyer and other oceanographers, to track drift patterns.

These plastic ducks were part of a consignment of nearly 30,000 plastic toys that fell into the North Pacific from a container ship in 1992. Many of these toys inadvertently became part of a massive scientific study: beachcombers have been finding them ever since, helping oceanographers refine their models of ocean surface currents.

Details

Category:
Oceanography
Object Number:
2005-393
type:
toy duck
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
credit:
Rebecca, Kamden and Kaitlyn Johnson
status:
Permanent collection

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