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A Gift From the Ocean
As a parting gift of my service trip to Midway Atoll, the wife of the Refuge Manager gave me this beautiful blue-green glass float. It is pretty good sized. About 6 inches in diameter. You can tell it was hand-blown and has a rounded glass plug that lights up nicely when the sunlight strikes it right.
Glass floats are not uncommon on Midway. Its location in the Pacific and the fact that there aren't that many people living there makes finding and collecting them a little easier. Most glass floats are Japanese in origin. They were fashioned out of recycled sake bottle glass (giving them that blue-green color) and attached to fishing nets. When the floats got loose from their nets, they joined the rest of the flotsam and jetsam riding the oceans' currents until one day this one ended up on the beaches of Midway Atoll.
If only it could talk, I'm sure this float would have some pretty interesting stories to tell.