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A Book by Donovan Hohn. Viking, 2011.


On Jan. 10, 1992, a container ship traveling south of the Aleutians, in the region once quaintly known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, en route from Hong Kong to Tacoma, Wash., took a steep roll and lost part of its cargo.

The incident had near-mythical repercussions. Among the lost merchandise were 7,200 packs of bathtub toys. Each four-piece set included a blue turtle, a green frog, a red beaver and a yellow duck.

This came to be erroneously understood as the story of 29,000 rubber duckies set adrift and washing up all over the globe…

Read Full Review, The New York Times

Moby-Duck, is “The true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them.”

A book “Entertaining as well as philosophic… A metaphysical quest, an encyclopedic rummage through the mysteries of the ocean and the history of plastics, and a close-up look at what we are doing to our planet…”

Moby-Duck: The Book

Lost at sea: On the trail of Moby-Duck, Independent UK
The fate of a shipment of bath toys missing since 1992 has led to greater knowledge of the world’s oceans.

Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Friendly Flooties, Wikipedia