A giant rubber ducky is floating in a Maine Harbor, much to the consternation and amusement of locals

August 20, 2021

Call it public art, a bit of “quackery,” or simply an enjoyable diversion, but a giant rubber ducky has mysteriously appeared in the busy harbor of Belfast, Maine, reports New England Cable News (NECN).

The funny fowl—anchored in the water between a pedestrian bridge and the town landing—is big enough to make to make two people and a raft look small.

According to the city’s harbormaster, the big, big bird appeared on Saturday, August 14, and has more or less been floating in the same place ever since. No one knows why.

It’s wonderful,” said Judy Herman, of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, who stopped to snap pictures of the ducky on Tuesday. “Who would expect to see a duck in the middle of the water here? Yet, it really works,” she told NECN.

“It’s sort of a grateful emotion, that somebody has done something a little unusual to make something a little more interesting,” said Steve Small, also of Bala Cynwyd.

A number of people hope the ducky, which has the word “joy” across its front, remains in the harbor for a while.

“It’s something to do, something to see,” said Elizabeth Dircks, a summer resident of Camden, Maine. “I don’t live far from here and I’m on my way up to Bar Harbor. I thought I’d make a detour and see if I could find it.”

Exactly how long the ducky is billed to stay in Belfast is anyone’s guess.

Research contact: @NECN

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