Japanese Fishing Float

Japanese Fishing Float

Japanese fishing float found in July 2010 along the San Mateo Coast south of San Francisco, California. We were intrigued by the inscription on it. It turned out the writing was in Japanese and said puro-pa-on, which translates to “Plover” (a type of bird found near the sea). We think Plover must have been the name of a Japanese fishing boat, and that its name was inscribed on floats for use with its fishing nets. I wonder if ocean currents swept the Plover’s float 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean!

2 Responses to Japanese Fishing Float

  1. The Snowy Plover is also the name of the protected birds of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA

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