Coincidental science confirms plausibility of 13 mos drift story-
Scientists just happened to place 16 drift-drogues off the Mexican coast about the same time that Alvarenga began his odyssey. Their results:
"Overall...the 16 tracers show a remarkably narrow path over this long period of time, given the satellite
variability that drove the model. The paths of the tracers passing by, or nearing, Ebon Atoll span not more than 2 degrees latitude or about 120 miles.
Alvarengaís claim that he had been adrift for 13 months and that he came from Mexico
, therefore, falls well within the modelís limits and is consistent with the prevailing pattern of wind
and ocean currents during his ordeal.
The mathematical computer model was originally developed by Maximenko and Hafner from paths of actual drifters with 15-m deep drogues. The initial purpose had been to chart the varying ocean surface circulation.
The full story: Castaway fisherman’s drift matches currents and winds : University of Hawai
Originally Posted by Ann T. Cate
I think we need to wait for better confirmation before believing this is completely correct. Ann
I don't think one could find better confirmation regarding length of time at sea and ultimate point of arrival.
Originally Posted by Cotemar
7) Skeptics are questioning whether his broken-down boat could have traveled 8,000 miles in 14 months
I suppose the scientists could have tossed 16 fisherman in identical boats into the currents to better satisfy skeptics, but rubber duckies and Nike tennis shoes have been used by scientists in the past (for drift studies) with good results. These tracers were high-tech!
Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
thus was how polynesia was likely populated.......
No, this is not how Polynesia was populated. Polynesian fisherman were outstanding navigators: Hawaiian Voyaging Traditions