The giant rubber duck that floated into the harbor last week loves the South Bay so much that it has decided to extend its stay! Over 250,000 people flocked to the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro to see this massive floating rubber ducky. Don’t worry if you missed out because the duck is staying until September 6th.
A Rubber Duck Tale
Artist Florentijn Hofman created the world’s largest rubber duck and then sent it on a tour called, “Spreading joy around the world.” During its tour the rubber duck has done just that, and now has quite a following. There is something about the giant rubber duck that reaches into our innermost child and creates a sense of nostalgia in adults. Kids just simply love rubber duckies.
While not directly linked, another “big” duck event happened in 1992 when a shipping container lost 29,000 bath toys into the Pacific Ocean, including thousands of yellow rubber ducks. The rubber ducks washed ashore all over the world and became known as friendly floatees, in part because that was the company that created them, but also because just like the giant rubber duck, they spread joy to those who came across them. Scientists have since studied the ducks and have learned a great deal about ocean currents through their dispersal throughout the world.
The Port of Los Angeles will be hosting “The Duck Days of Summer” events inspired by the giant floating rubber ducky so make sure you don’t miss out!
The rest of August, duck events will be held at Banning’s Landing on the Wilmington Waterfront
Thursday, August 28
Duck Youth Day
Friday, August 29
Environmental Awareness Day
Starting in September the rubber duck will be moved back to the Downtown Harbor for five more days of events before we have to say farewell to the rubber duck.
Tuesday, September 2
International Bird Rescue Center Presentation
Wednesday, September 3
Canned Food Drive
Thursday, September 4
Dress like a Duck Day
Friday, September 5
Duck Youth Day
Saturday, September 6
Duck Dance Day and Bon Voyage Giant Rubber Duck
Did you get a chance to see the rubber duck?