To the untrained eye it looks like a rogue barrel, fallen overboard from a distant ship, bobbing along in the calm Pacific Ocean.
Time and again we see odd objects floating past out here, things like mini cocktail umbrellas or polystyrene cups, and it always feels kind of strange because even though we’re in the middle of ocean surrounded by sea for as far as the eye can see, humans have still left their mark.
But this one is more than just another piece of ocean trash. The ‘barrel’ is apparently a ‘FAD’: Exactly the object we’d been looking for over the past week while each of us was doing two-hour daily shifts watching the sea.
Since joining three weeks ago in Pago Pago, American Samoa, I’ve been on the Rainbow Warrior to travel around the Pacific and learn about where our tuna really ... Read more >