Pokémon GO players, please don’t take drifters from the ocean. THEY ARE NOT POKÉBALLS.

Source: https://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=172556


Love it or hate it, Pokémon Go is undeniably a phenomenon. Although we here at DSN previously warned of the perils of Poké hunting in the ocean, some Pokémon trainers have not heeded our warning. According to scientists at UCSB, some rather enthusiastic players spotted what they thought was a Pokéball floating in the ocean near Isla Vista, California. So of COURSE they swam out and got it.

Turns out this red and white ball attached to a wad of kelp contained no Pokémon. Instead it contained a GPS unit used to track kelp drift along the California coast. OOPS.



Fortunately the group that deployed the buoy plastered their name and contact info all over it and the Pokéless Poké players were able to return the drifter. But seriously Poképeople, no Pokéballs have been released into the ocean. These are scientific instruments with a job to do, so please don’t catch ’em all.


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Dr. Martini (156 Posts)

Kim is a Senior Oceanographer at Sea-Bird Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she has used observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence). Her current mission is to make your oceanographic data be the best data it can be.