World's largest duck spotted in Tacoma

A giant rubber duck is hanging out in Tacoma this week. (Photo by Alex Cnossen, KOMO News).

TACOMA, Wash. (KOMO) - A giant rubber duck is hanging out in Tacoma this week.

The duck, hailed as the world's largest, floated into Thea Foss Waterway as part of the Festival of Sail Tacoma Thursday afternoon. The duck and more than 20 sailing ships will be featured on the Tacoma waterfront through June 18.

The four-day maritime festival is the largest tall ships event in the Seattle region and will feature music, food and wine.

Organizers expect more than 200,000 people to attend the event.

The golden giant is six stories tall and made to look like a rubber duck, festival officials say. It is actually made of vinyl.

After Sail Tacoma, the gargantuan yellow bird is headed to Toronto, where it will help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

The nation's government reportedly paid $120,000 to bring in the duck, which has ruffled more than a few feathers, The Globe and Mail reports.

“It’s an absurd waste of taxpayers’ dollars,” Rick Nicholls tells the Canadian newspaper. “It is an absolute cluster duck.”