Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Ducks Have It

I have just finished reading Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn.
OK, the duck wasn't quite this big but I like this one.  It has sadly popped.

The book is an absolute must for any budding oceanographers.  I read it as I have oceanographers working for me and I thought it was about time I paid some attention to their noble art.  It covers the study of what happened to the plastic bath toys that fell into the Pacific Ocean in 1992 when a container fell off a ship. It's a mix between a study of ocean currents and ponderings on man's environmental impacts.  Plastic pollution scores high.  I particularly liked it as it was written by a non-oceanographer who got hooked by the study of the oceans as any right minded person should.  Perhaps I'll be an oceanographer in my next life?

Late last week on Radio 4's "show my your instrument" (is it only me that giggles at that?) Helen Czerski showed us her buoy.  Here it is.  As one of my team said, if you didn't see the picture on the website you'd think she was talking about a giant lollypop.  It's worth listening to - bubbles are the way to go.

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