Waters in the west of the British Isles are bracing themselves for an invasion - of plastic ducks.

Waters in the west of the British Isles are bracing themselves for an invasion – of plastic ducks. But there is a reward on their heads, because their American distributor, First Years Inc, is offering a $100 reward for every one returned.

30,000 ‘Friendly Floatees’, comprising yellow ducks, red beavers, green frogs, and blue turtles, escaped after their container was washed off a container ship in the North Pacific. That was 15 years ago, and since then many have been washed up in Indonesia, Australia, and South America.

However about 10,000 drifted through the Bering Strait and Arctic into the Atlantic and are now making their way towards Britain, a journey of some 17,000 miles. The ducks are expected to make their landfall over the next few months, with the first wave arriving in southern Ireland and the South West of England.