This evening's sunset activity was trying to recover a glass fishing float. Yes, you read correctly, a float made from hand-blown glass that were used (largely by the Japanese fishing fleets) in the first half of the 20th century. Where do these come from? As you can imagine, nets get lost in the big blue and when they do, they sadly continue fishing (known a ghost fishing) and kill many living creatures in secrecy. When the nets deteriorate and sink, they leave just the floats adrift at the surface. Interestingly, the use of glass was discontinued in about the 40s, replaced by cheaper plastic and wood. It’s amazing to think that these guys have been out here a minimum of 70 years!!! The coolest thing is that they largely don't leave the north Pacific because of the surface currents here are just one big gyre; they just go round and round! On the last leg of the cruise the biologists found 6 floats; we've seen 3!! They're out here, just waiting to be picked up! Including the beautiful beach ball-sized green one we attempted to pick up tonight. After three runs at it we gave up - he'll continue to float around the north pacific another day... or maybe for another 70 years! There it is!!
... and there it goes!