Moby-Duck : 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
One of the longest titles in years, but it really does describe what happens in the book, with some divergences along the way. Is it possible for a bath toy to travel from south of the Aleutian Islands, through the Bering Strait, through the North Pole and over to the coast of Maine? An adventure that takes Hohn from one coast to the other and over the North Pole.
Hohn investigates the event that caused the bath toys to be dispersed into the sea in January 1992. But he also looks at what else humans leave in the sea from cruise ship trash to fishing boat debris and everything else that might wind up on shore. He investigates the North Pacific Convergence which has created an area known in marine world as the "garbage patch," south of the Hawaiian islands. In all of this reportage, Hohn also talks to the major players working to eradicate it, study it, or downplay its significance.
It was fascinating to learn how the oceans work, how some groups are doing good work to study and keep the oceans clean, and others are just making it worse. How the bath toys continued to be discovered as many as ten years later. And how it seems that whatever unnatural product we throw into the sea will rightfully come back to us on our own shores.