How Do Things End Up On Our Beaches?

Both natural and man-made objects move around our oceans in different ways due to the actions of currents, winds and waves. Currents are a natural flow of water in the ocean. Rip currents may take objects off the seashore, while longshore currents may move things along the coast. Waves also assist in the natural movement of things onto and off the beach. This creates a wonderful opportunity for us when beachcombing.

If you find a rubber duck on the beach, it may well have come from a sea container that fell from a ship in 1992. The rubber ducks have been found all over the world as they float along the oceans surface, travel with currents, and eventually get blown ashore by prevailing and storm winds. It is estimated that over 10,000 sea containers are lost every year, but this is only a very small part of what makes up the marine debris found on beaches around the world.