So... my son was watching The Little Mermaid the other day. I realized Ursula's pet eels were named Flotsam and Jetsam. Since eels are ocean creatures I was curious if that's where you got the names to name the species Flotsam and Jetsam. This is not an important question but... I would really appreciate an answer. I can't stop thinking about it. Thanks. ~frogfairygal
Nope! Flotsam and jetsam are actual dictionary terms for items from a ship that are floating in the sea. Jetsam is used for items that have been purposely tossed overboard to lighten the ship's load in emergencies, whereas flotsam is used to refer to ship wreckage found floating in the water. The words often go together in a pair, just like the Flotsam and Jetsam Neopets species, who have similar body types, though their personalities have opposite extremes. (Flotsam and Jetsam have been used in countless literary works. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers has a chapter titled Flotsam and Jetsam, for example.)
Pfft, we're so much cooler than eels!