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Traditionally, flotsam and jetsam are words that describe goods of potential value that have been thrown into the ocean. There is a technical difference between the two: jetsam has been voluntarily cast into the sea (jettisoned) by the crew of a ship, usually in order to lighten it in an emergency; while flotsam describes goods that are floating on the water without having been thrown in deliberately, often after a shipwreck. Traditionally spelled flotsom and jetsom, the "o" was replaced with "a" in the early twentieth century and have since been out of common usage. Good (accounting) - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The worlds oceans as seen from the South Pacific Ocean, before the definition of the Southern Ocean in 2000 For other uses, see Ocean (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Italian Full rigged ship Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large watercraft capable of deep water navigation. ... Shipwreck of the SS American Star Shipwreck in the Saugatuck River mouth in Westport, Connecticut A shipwreck or sunken ship can refer to the remains of a wrecked ship or to the event that caused the wreck, such as the striking of something that causes the ship to sink, the...

Flotsam collected on beaches on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals, over one month. Items collected were 288 miscellaneous plastic pieces, thirteen fishing floats, thirty three plastic bottles, two toys, a lightstick, thirty four bottle caps, a lighter, two balls, five shoes, three fluorescent bulbs, three regular lightbulbs, nineteen glass bottles, one metal flask, two baskets, twenty one pieces of rope, a large three foot² net ball and a large piece of styrofoam.
Flotsam collected on beaches on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals, over one month. Items collected were 288 miscellaneous plastic pieces, thirteen fishing floats, thirty three plastic bottles, two toys, a lightstick, thirty four bottle caps, a lighter, two balls, five shoes, three fluorescent bulbs, three regular lightbulbs, nineteen glass bottles, one metal flask, two baskets, twenty one pieces of rope, a large three foot² net ball and a large piece of styrofoam.

In modern usage, flotsam also includes driftwood, logs and other natural debris in oceans and waterways, much of which enters waterways through the action of shore surf, rain or wind. Flotsam on beaches may increase after storms due to the debris brought there from riverbanks and drainage channels being flushed out, or marine equipment (including broken docks and piers) torn loose. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3456x2304, 3756 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Flotsam and jetsam Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3456x2304, 3756 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Flotsam and jetsam Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Map of French Frigate Shoals The French Frigate Shoals (Hawaiian: Mokupāpapa) is the largest atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. ...


Ligan (or lagan), describes goods that have been marked by being tied to a buoy so that its owner can find and retrieve it later.


Derelict is property which has been abandoned and deserted at sea by those who were in charge without any hope of recovering it. This includes vessels and cargo. Italian Full rigged ship Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large watercraft capable of deep water navigation. ... Cargo is a term used to denote goods or produce being transported generally for commercial gain, usually on a ship, plane, train, van or truck. ...


One famous recent example of flotsam occurred in the Pacific Ocean in 1992, when thousands of rubber ducks and other toys manufactured by The First Years corporation went overboard during a storm. The rubber ducks were scattered across three oceans (the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic), and many have been found; Curtis Ebbesmeyer and other scientists have used the incident to gain a better understanding of ocean currents. Similar incidents have happened, with the same potential to track currents, with containers of Nike sneakers. On November 30th, 2006, thousands of bags of Doritos chips washed up on the beach at Frisco, North Carolina. [1] 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The 2006 range of Friendly Floatees. ... The First Years is a registered brand of The First Years Inc. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... The red line indicates the 10°C isotherm in July, commonly used to define the Arctic region border Satellite image of the Arctic surface The Arctic is the region around the Earths North Pole, opposite the Antarctic region around the South Pole. ... The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... Curtis C. Ebbesmeyer is an American oceanographer who, in retirement, has studied the movement of flotsam. ... An ocean current is any more or less permanent or continuous, directed movement of ocean water that flows in one of the Earths oceans. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Nacho Cheese Doritos Mexican Nacho Flavored Doritos, Israel (old style) Cool American Flavored Doritos found in Amsterdam. ... Frisco, North Carolina is a small community on the barrier islands of Hatteras Island, in between the cities of Avon and Ocracoke. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ...


The differences among flotsam, jetsam, and ligan are occasionally of consequence in the law of admiralty and marine salvage. On land the distinction between deliberate and accidental loss led to the concept of Treasure Trove. Lady Justice is a personification of the law. ... Admiralty law (also referred to as maritime law) is a distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offenses. ... It has been suggested that Treasure hunting (marine) be merged into this article or section. ... A treasure-trove is gold, silver, gems, money, jewellery, etc found hidden under ground or in cellar or attics, etc. ...


Flotsam is an increasing environmental problem, particularly for marine life. Discarded fishing nets and other flotsam can entangle and drown fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Some seabirds, particularly albatross, also consume flotsam by mistake, leading to health problems. A Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), a member of Order Cetacea A Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), a member of infrafamily Pinnipedia A West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus), a member of Order Sirenia A marine mammal is a mammal that is primarily ocean-dwelling or depends on the ocean for its food. ... The Sooty Tern is highly aerial and marine and will spend years flying at sea without returning to land. ... Genera Diomedea Thalassarche Phoebastria Phoebetria Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large seabirds allied to the procellariids, storm-petrels and diving-petrels in the order Procellariiformes (the tubenoses). ...


See also

A turtle is trapped in a ghost net, an abandoned fishing net Marine debris usually applies to floating waste such as bottles, cans, styrofoam, cruise ship waste, offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities pollution, and fishing paraphanalia from professional and recreational boaters. ...

External links

The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is an international newspaper published daily, Monday through Friday. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Curtis C. Ebbesmeyer is an American oceanographer who, in retirement, has studied the movement of flotsam. ... MSC Napoli is a United Kingdom-flagged container ship. ...

References

  1. ^ Catherine Kozak (2006-12-1). Their chips have come in. The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved on 2006-12-01.

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Flotsam and jetsam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (455 words)
There is a technical difference between the two: jetsam has been voluntarily cast into the sea (jettisoned) by the crew of a ship, usually in order to lighten it in an emergency; while flotsam describes goods that are floating on the water without having been thrown in deliberately, often after a shipwreck.
The differences among flotsam, jetsam, and ligan are occasionally of consequence in the law of admiralty and marine salvage.
Flotsam and Jetsam were also the names of the eels that served Ursula, the sea witch, in Disney's The Little Mermaid.
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