The Weirdest Items Washed Up on Beaches
Seaweed, driftwood and shells may be the first things that come to mind when you think about what is likely to be washed up on a beach; however you may be surprised to learn that an array of weird and wonderfully unusual items have been washed up on foreign shores across the globe.
From thousands of small plastic animals that have been found frozen in Arctic ice to 28,000 cases of malt whiskey, over a dozen severed feet, and even a motorbike, some people have seen it all. In this post, we are going to uncover some of the wacky items that have been washed up and explain the history behind them.
- Shipwrecked on a Pacific Island in 1784, Japanese Sailor, Chunosuke Matsuyama, wrote a message in a bottle before he died. Fast forward 151 years later, the bottle washed up upon the shores of the village that he was born in.
- The SS Politician ship was carrying a cargo of 28,000 cases of malt whiskey when it ended up wrecked just off of the coast of Eriksay. Locals rushed to help salvage the cargo, but ended up stealing 24,000 bottles before customs officials got there to sink the hull.
- A sealed parcel containing 57 letters was found washed up on a beach in New Jersey after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The letters were written by a woman to her boyfriend during World War Two and the finder of the parcel tracked down the original sender and returned them to her.
- In 1992, thousands of plastic animals including beavers, ducks, turtles and frogs fell off of a ship. Since then, they have travelled up to 17,000 miles and have been found washed up all over the world - even frozen in Arctic ice! Oceanographers have been using the washed up animals to track and map the currents of the ocean.
- A giant grapefruit sized eyeball was discovered upon a beach in Florida in 2012, baffling scientists and causing a stir on the internet as to where it came from and how it got there. Recent discovery has led experts to believe that the eye once belonged to a swordfish.
- A total of nearly five million Lego pieces fell off a ship in 1997 near Land's End, with thousands of the pieces and small figures have been found on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall since. Some people are avid collectors of the shipwrecked Lego blocks and visit the coasts regularly to hunt for them.
- Surviving the Japanese Tsunami, a Harley-Davidson motorbike travelled the 4,000 miles to Canada in a large shipping container. When the bike was discovered, the number plate was read and the bike returned to its rightful owner, Ikuo Yokoyama.
- Originally thought to be debris from the Japanese Tsunami, many brightly coloured fly swats were found across the Alaskan beaches, but were later found the be from a Chinese container ship that broke open during transit.
- Over a dozen severed human feet have been found on the British Columbian shores since 2007. Detectives have tried to investigate the case, but cannot trace who they belonged to or why they keep appearing - a total mystery!
- When thousands of McVities biscuits fell off a nearby ferry and washed up near Blackpool, locals enjoyed the unexpected sweet treat. A similar thing occurred in North Carolina when packets of Doritos appeared on the coastlines and the contents were still safe to eat!