If rubber geese might discuss, one specifically would have a tremendous journey to inform.
Two years in the past, Vladimir Matusevitch was on vacation on the Arctic shores of the Rybachy Peninsula in northwestern Russia.
Resting among the many seaside rocks, he seen a grubby rubber duck inscribed with the quantity 1417.
“It is a unusual factor to seek out,” he advised CBC Edmonton’s Radio Energetic from his residence in Moscow.
Matusevitch stated he realized it was from a duck race — a pageant the place hundreds of rubber geese are launched into a river for charity — however did not know any within the space.
“There are usually not such nice duck races in Russia,” he stated.
Matusevitch determined to seek out out the place the duck got here from. He despatched tons of of emails and Fb messages to duck races around the globe.
He even arrange a Fb web page to seek out the duck’s residence port.
“It was a enjoyable factor to do,” he stated.
‘That is our duck’
It wasn’t till this summer time that Monika Iverson, organizer of the Ardmore Duck Race in Ardmore, Alta., 260 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, seen Matusevitch’s Fb message from 2019.
“And I stated, ‘Hey, yeah, that is our duck,'” Iverson stated.
Iverson stated she is aware of the duck is from Alberta as a result of she acknowledges her personal handwriting.
“My ones have a tail on the highest and the sevens have a splash throughout.”
She stated it is not a typical strategy to write numbers.
“I am 150 per cent [sure] that is our duck.”
Iverson reckons the duck went into the water June 4, 2017. She remembers a duck with the same quantity going lacking that 12 months.
Matusevitch discovered duck No. 1417 on Aug. 16, 2019.
The Ardmore Duck Race has been held yearly for 3 many years on the Beaver River, which flows into the Churchill River and finally dumps into Hudson Bay.
Whereas the race typically has 2,000 geese to lift funds for the native faculty, Iverson stated it is uncommon for one to go lacking for the reason that native fireplace division helps collect the geese afterward.
How a rubber duck sailed to Russia
After duck 1417 splashed into the ocean, it almost definitely floated counterclockwise within the Hudson Bay, throughout the mouth of James Bay to the Hudson Strait, stated Paul Myers, an ocean present professional on the College of Alberta.
It then doubtless hooked round Quebec into the Labrador Sea, hitting the Gulf Stream round St. John’s.
It then sped between Iceland and Scotland, travelling up the Norwegian coast till it landed on the Arctic shores of Russia, stated Myers.
The journey would have been greater than 10,000 kilometres lengthy, he stated.
It is potential that through the voyage, the duck might have gotten lodged in sea ice in Hudson Bay and even bobbed beside icebergs close to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Whereas it might sound bizarre for the duck to have travelled from Alberta to Russia, Myers stated it could have adopted a reasonably regular set of currents.
“I am extra stunned the duck survived,” he stated. “You understand, it did not sink due to waves.”
Matusevitch stated he by no means anticipated to find the rubber duck originated from inside Canada.
“I’m amazed. Wow!”
Iverson stated the Ardmore group might finally put a e-book collectively, written by native youngsters on what the duck might have encountered throughout its journey. Proceeds from the undertaking can be donated to the native faculty.
“It is astronomical, the form of factor that this duck will need to have needed to undergo,” stated Iverson.
“This story reveals how small the world actually is.”
Iverson and Matusevitch are in negotiations for the duck’s eventual return to Alberta.
“The duck will most likely by no means see water once more, however it would positively have a really particular place of honour in our faculty,” stated Iverson.