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Old Tuesday 15th July 2003, 21:24   #1
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New tick for the States

Read in the paper at the weekend.America is bracing itself for an invasion of rubber ducks.Apparently 11 years ago 29,000 bath tub toys were thrown from a storm-tossed container ship on its way from China to Seattle.For more than a decade they have floated with the currents,along the Alaskan coast,through the Bering Straits and by 2000 had reached Iceland.By 2001 they were in the Atlantic in the area where the Titanic sank.They are expected to turn up on the New England coast,though some have turned and headed for Europe.So come on folks get them bins out and start looking a new tick could be headed your way .Also in the flock are turtles,beavers and frogs


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Old Tuesday 15th July 2003, 21:41   #2
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Geoff,
Yes, I heard about this on the TV news. Apparently there is a chap who calls himself a 'flotsamologist' and he quite seriously has enhanced the study of sea currents around the world by making use of debris from ships and shipwrecks. As long as he knows the identity of the debris and thus the origin of it, useful information can be gleaned when it is found. Things that he has used include loads of trainers being lost overboard. It does somehow seem appropriate that in this case it is model ducks.
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Old Tuesday 15th July 2003, 21:52   #3
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These ducks are heading this way too!
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Old Tuesday 15th July 2003, 22:06   #4
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Of course all the east coast US twitchers with huge US lists will be kicking themselves for having twitched the first records of Anas heveaformis in Alaska 11 years ago, at great expense . . .

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Old Wednesday 16th July 2003, 02:33   #5
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Oh, this is hilarious!! What an excuse for an East Coast pelagic trip! LOL!

We get rubber duckies in our local rivers every year -- a local child abuse prevention charity sponsors a duck race on the St. Joe as a fundraiser. Never thought about ticking one, tho!

Now, how does that song go..... "Rubber ducky, dadadeeda....."
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Old Wednesday 16th July 2003, 02:40   #6
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And, interestingly, if the local duckys aren't fished out of the water at the end of the race, they'll end up in Lake Erie, eventually, provided they aren't pulverized by dams on Maumee.

Then through the St. Lawrence and out to the Atlantic.

A welcoming committee for the ones headed our way, maybe?
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Old Wednesday 16th July 2003, 02:41   #7
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Oh, jeez! They'd have to survive Niagara, too!

This is just crackin' me up!
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Old Wednesday 16th July 2003, 15:47   #8
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Wonder if these rubber duckies will qualify for the photo comp?
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Old Wednesday 16th July 2003, 15:56   #9
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Serious point . . .

This sort of stuff is a major life-threatening hazard for whales, sea turtles, etc. They eat them in mistake for food, and then get their intestines blocked and die.

Hope the charity duck racers take care to get ALL of their ducks out!

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Old Thursday 17th July 2003, 02:14   #10
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And they do, Michael. A stray one may get away now and again, but it'd have to go a veeeerrrrrryy long way to reach a whale!

Actually, I think they net all of them at the end of the race.
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Old Thursday 17th July 2003, 09:50   #11
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Well Michael, the ABA has made their decision...... the arriving ducks will be uncountable. If you ticked them in Alaska, they must be removed from your ABA list. Reason.... they were at least in part ship assisted. A direct violation of ABA listing rules. Sorry guys!

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