Emil Nolde ‘Mer’

Erik van Sebille, an oceanographer at the University of New South Wales, has built a page which calculates the patterns of plastic detritus drift: click on the ocean map at to place your accidental spill of rubber duckies at a point off the coast, and see where they will wind up over time.

Want to know where your message in a bottle will turn up or track down the path of local floating pollution? Welcome to adrift, a website inspired by research into ocean circulation by Dr Erik Van Sebille and the delightful book Moby Duck about the true adventure of 28,800 rubber ducks lost at sea.

Here you can explore how all kinds of objects drift through the ocean – from rubber duckies to plastic pollution – and where each object might end up if it is washed out to sea from your beach.

The website uses a scientific method that is based on observed tracks revealed by buoys in the Global Drifter Program and other scientific research in this field. On this website you can see where ocean-going debris travelled after the Fukushima disaster or the path rubber ducks may have taken after the famous Friendly Floaties spill revealed in Moby Duck.

Happy Exploring, it is time to drift away!