10 Strange Things That Washed Ashore
1Human Feet in Shoes
In 2007, a strange thing began happening on the shores of British Columbia – feet encased in running shoes began washing ashore. In total, 11 feet have been found. Although explanations have been floated – the area's currents and the fact that a foot encased in a shoe can detach from a decomposing body – it is still a statistical anomaly to find so many feet in such a small area (125 miles.) So far, only five of the feet have been identified from four people and none have been linked to foul play.
2Giant Lego Men
The figures have been attributed to a Dutch Artist who uses that moniker, and claims to have set them afloat. He has been quoted as saying the purpose of the Lego men was to “See the beauty of [the real world], admire it, and adore it" according to a posting on a website.
3Thousands of Bananas
On Nov 7, 2007, residents of Terschelling island in the Netherlands awoke to find their beaches littered with thousands of bananas. This was due to cargo containers falling off a ship and bursting open. This is not the first time these beaches have been littered with unusual items – the year before, thousands of sneakers, and twenty years before that, thousands of sweaters dotted the shoreline.
4WW II-era Love Letters
Lynn Farham died in 1991, but the letters were eventually returned to Ms. Fallon, who is 91. It was not clear where the letters had originally been kept.
5A Live Bomb
In 1901, the sailing ship Stuart was shipwrecked along the coast of Llyn in Northern Wales. Amongst the items that washed ashore were thousands of bottles of whisky. At the time, the locals descended upon the wreckage and had a huge bacchanal – this was before the Religious Revival of 1904 which condemned drinking and other vices. (A similar event happened 40 years later off the coast of Eriksay in the Hebrides and was turned into the film Whisky Galore.)
The locals allegedly drank for days before customs showed up, burying bottles for later use. Some of these bottles are still being found today.
829,000 “Friendly Floatees”
IN 1992, some 29,000 children's bath toys were lost during a storm at sea en route from China. These were Friendly Floatees, a toy sold by The First Years, and were in the shape of beavers, frogs, turtles, and, of course, ducks. The Floatees traveled near and far, and were used by oceanographers to track ocean currents. The farthest traveled 17,000 miles and some were encased in Arctic ice and eventually reached the shores of the UK 15 years later.
9$70 Million of Cocaine
Perhaps the biggest find was on a beach near Tokyo, where 6 backpacks filled with 78 kg of cocaine were discovered. This was the largest amount ever found in Japan, worth about 7.1 billion yen or $70 million US.
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