Danny's Reviews > 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

Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
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Jan 02, 2012

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During a winter storm in the Pacific Ocean thousands of toy ducks fall off a ship transporting them to the United States from an Asian factory. What happens next? It turns out the answer to that question is a little complicated.

Author Donovan Hohn is on a mission to find where these ducks ended up, and what it all means for our oceans and for life in the twenty-first century. This book covers a lot of territory, both literally and metaphorically, meandering from topic to topic the way the ducks themselves wandered through the oceans. If you look at this as the story of the ducks alone you might find yourself lost among the waves of information flowing your way. But if you look at the ducks as a gateway to information on ecology, oceanography, pollution, the ocean-bound shipping industry, toy manufacturing, the economy, and even childhood and children's literature, then you'll have smooth sailing.

If you'd like a slightly less quirky take on the subject matter try Plastic ocean : how a sea captain's chance discovery launched a determined quest to save the oceans by Capt. Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. This book examines the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a place where much of the plastic polluting the ocean ends up. Plastic floating as far as the eye can see, according to those in the know. What does all of this plastic mean for our health and the health of our planet? This book seeks to answer those questions.

If, on the other hand, you're more interested in what's below the waves, try Kraken: the curious, exciting, and slightly disturbing science of squid by Wendy Williams. A journey through the wonderful world of cephalopods, this book is chock full of interesting factoids and fascinating science. Did you know that squids have blue blood? Do you know how an octopus changes it's skin color? You can find out inside the pages of Kraken.

And if you want to know how to refer to more than one octopus, watch this video.

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