Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pattern Recognition

This little duck is exactly 11 millimeters across the bottom or .43 inches. To see it in the swirl of tons of other plastic takes a sharp eye and lots of practice. Judith gets the prize for her awesome skill at pattern recognition. We sent the pic on to our friend Curtis Ebbesmeyer, author of Flotsametrics. Curt is the oceanographer who uses cargo spills to track currents, most famously tracking a bunch of spilled rubber duckies. We surmised that maybe the diminutive duck had been at sea so long it shrunk? The little fella it turns out is a cake decorating jimdad. Here he is pictured with a couple of nurdles, pre-production plastic pellets.

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