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thousands of them were dropped in locations with the hopes
that wherever they end up, a person will find it and report the
Each card is numbered and the location it was dropped was
initially recorded. Upon locating the card, often it is hard to tell
how long the card took to make the journey, but the origination
information will more than likely be visible.
If you find a drift card, be sure to report it. The more cards that
can be reported the better the data base of information will be.
Mike Ley of Colorado is a regular visitor to Texas and
beachcombs all along the Gulf Coast. He found one of the
MicroStar Drifters at San Jose Island (pictured), in between
Rockport and Matagorda, known locally as St. Joe’s Island.
The MicroStar Drifter buoy resembles a crab pot marker, but
it is much more sophisticated. Crab pot markers are round
Styrofoam buoys that are a common beach find. They detach
from the crab pot and can drift for years as trash.
The drifter that Mike found was missing the drogue, an
underwater sail attached to the buoy at release, but the photo
of this particular MicroStar is helpful for beachcombers in
identifying the object and setting it apart from a crab pot.
once cleaned up, the
microstar drifter buoy
serial number and
address information was
easier to read
The track that this MicroStar Drifter took