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- You heard?

- What?

- 130,000 inflatable breasts were lost at sea.

- That's hilarious.

- They disappeared off a container ship.

- What on earth were they for?

- Inserts. For a men's magazine.

- You know what that means.

- What.

- Kids will soon be able to use them as beach balls.

- If they can find them among the bottles, sneakers, rubber duckies, hockey gloves, LEGO pieces and other plastics that wash up every year.

- Yeah. Well. . .

- Of course, they could also end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

- You mean that large area in the Pacific with hundreds of millions of tons of floating plastic?

- Yup. You know. The one that's about the size of Alaska.

- I've always wondered how that area formed.

- Ocean currents. The North Pacific Gyre.

- This is all very depressing.

- Yeah. Not funny at all.


For further reading, I recommend Loree Griffin Burns' Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion for a great introduction to the subject.

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