The Pacific Odyssey of the 30,000 Rubber Ducks

In 1992, a shipping container filled with rubber toys was on its way across the Pacific Ocean. These toys were called "Friendly Floatees," and they were rubber ducks, beavers, frogs, and turtles meant for kids to play with in the bath.

One night, a big storm hit the ship carrying the Floatees. The ocean waves were so huge that they knocked the container into the water. The container broke open, and 28,800 rubber toys spilled out into the sea.

These toys didn't sink. They floated, and the ocean currents started to carry them in all different directions. Scientists saw this as a chance to learn something interesting. They decided to track these rubber toys to see where they would go.

As the toys floated on the ocean, they traveled to many places. Some ended up on beaches in Hawaii, Alaska, South America, Australia, and even the Arctic. The toys were like messengers in a bottle, except instead of a message, they showed where the ocean currents went.

The journey of the Friendly Floatees became famous. People started to look for them on beaches because finding one became exciting. They were like little celebrities of the sea.

The scientists used the toys to make maps of the ocean currents. This helped them understand the ocean better. They learned how the water moves and how it connects different parts of the world.