Nearly 10000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year

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MOSS LANDING, CA – Forty-foot steel shipping containers is used by some people as homes, but for the most part they’re used to transport 90% of worldwide cargo.

A lot of them are lying at the bottom of the ocean.

At this moment, five or six million shipping containers are on cargo ships sailing across the world’s oceans. Estimates provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute say nearly 10,000 of these containers are lost at sea each year.

Sometimes the contents of these containers wash up later, like thousands of bags of Doritos washing up on the coast of North Carolina or thousands of plastic ducks that have washed up on shores around the world.

Very few lost containers are ever recovered and not many are reported. Several ocean creatures end up using the containers as a new habitat. So there you go, the containers can be homes for both humans and sea creatures.

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