Florida Beach Surprise: Plastic Pigs at Sebastian Inlet
June 2, 2012 Leave a comment
June 2, 2012
Last Fall we found a white piggy bank washed in near Sebastian Inlet. After cleaning, the pig’s cute features became visible – she has little flowers, hearts, and horseshoes on her body, a barrette on her head, and a smile on her face. So adorable! Even more impressive is her journey. I got the complete story from Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer at the Sea Bean Festival. This little pig probably floated away from Cuba around 1993-1994. She likely spent many years in the Sargasso Sea, before riding an ocean current to Sebastian Inlet. Imagine her journey – she must have bobbed on the waves past sea turtles, fish, and dolphins! Everything at the beach has its own special story.
Update: December 16, 2012
We found another plastic piggy bank washed in near Sebastian Inlet! This new pig is blue and is from Guatemala (according to writing on the bottom that says Codeplasa). He has a soccer ball with stars on one side, and a baseball with stars on the other. He is also wearing a sports hat. Apparently he has been riding the waves for quite some time, because his little ears and feet all have fish bites on them!
A link to a newsletter that contains a history of plastic pigs that have washed onto beaches throughout the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic is at: http://www.seabean.com/seabean/newsletters/ (select 2002, Vol. 8(3): Dec 2008).