Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  30,000 trainers floating in the Pacific ocean
Updated 25 February 2003, 11.17

Thousands of trainers are floating towards Alaska in the Pacific Ocean after falling from a ship.

The ship lost its cargo in December during a storm in California.


30,000 Nike basketball shoes ended up in the sea and are gradually making their way north.

Curtis Ebbesmeyer is an oceanographer who tracks currents in the sea by studying what gets washed up where.

Not in pairs

He's calculated the trainers moved more than 450 miles in a month - up to 18 miles a day.

Fact File
What else has Curtis found in the sea?
29,000 ducks, turtles and other bathroom toys
3 million pieces of Lego
34,000 hockey gloves
50,000 Nike cross-trainers that went overboard in 1999

He says: "These Nikes have only been adrift a few months. All 33,000 are wearable.

"Unfortunately, they weren't tied together in pairs so they'll all have to be put together with their mates.

A Nike spokesman says beachcombers who find soggy shoes can send them to the firm for recycling.

Watch/ListenBORDER=0
Hear storyHear story
BORDER=0

More InfoBORDER=0
ChatWhat do your trainers say about you?
QuizQuiz: Are you clued up on trainers?

BORDER=0

Past StoriesBORDER=0
Foldable footwear to hit the streets
Famous trainers go on show
Smelly trainers could be given the boot

BORDER=0


 


E-mail this page to a friend



Full World Section
Also in World now:
Battle rages in Iraqi rebel city
Black Watch soldier dies in Iraq
Yasser Arafat in dangerous coma
check out our guide Find out:
the armed forces in the Gulf
Matthew Price is writing us a web diary from on board the Ark Royal Matthew's war diary: Back on dry land
Iraq Crisis: Send us your questions about war
Newsround Extra: Russian street kids
Find out all about North Korea
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club