Each year there are items that wash up onto shorelines and beaches all across the world. Sometimes they are the cargo of lost shipping containers that found their way to the shores from a passing cargo vessel. Other times, the items are hurled up in a powerful wind of a hurricane or tsunami before being thrown into the sea where remain for months, even years at times, before ending up on a foreign beach. Whatever the reason, there is no way of knowing what could be found scattered across the bay or in a cove somewhere. This article will show you some of the weirdest yet fascinating items to have beached on the shores all across the globe.
On the shorelines of Brittany in France, novelty Garfield the Cat phones started puzzlingly washing up in the 1980s. Baffled residents in the area cleaned up these dopey eyed cat heads and waterlogged receivers for over thirty years. It wasn’t until Claire Simonin-Le Meur an environmentalist started looking into this phenomenon in March of 2019. She finally solved the mystery of Brittany’s Garfield phones. It was emanating from a shipping container that was lost and stuck into a coastline cave. The container is still inaccessible so there is a possibility that Garfield phones could still pop up on the beach as no one knows how many more are down there.
Fragments From The Challenger
In 1986, seventy-three seconds after launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida, The Challenger spacecraft burst in flames and exploded in the sky, immediately killing the seven astronauts that were aboard the vessel. Ten years after this horrendous accident transpired, there were two large pieces of the left-wing from the spacecraft that were found on Cocoa Beach along the east coast of Florida. Regrettably, even though the wings were an astounding discovery, they were not able to provide any new details as to the reason for the explosion. You can find these fragments on display at the Kennedy Space Center, situated twenty miles north of Cocoa Beach.
Dee Why is one of Sydney, Australia’s popular family-friendly beaches, and is very famous for its New Year’s fireworks display. In 2014 residents instead of seeing the many footprints and beach umbrellas they were so accustomed to, found alongside them thousands of golf-sized, fuzzy, green balls sprinkled across the entire shore. Scientists soon confirmed that the fuzzy, green balls were unusual lake balls, made from algae that have been tossed to and fro in rough currents. Sydney however is not the only place with these lake balls. Since 1950, the people of Hokkaido, Japan have welcomed these balls annually with a festival in honor of them.
Ocean Beach located in San Francisco is excellent for skimboarding and kite-surfing due to the high winds and rough waves. However, it is also very well known for a weird activity known as tombstone hunting. Tombstones, back in 2014, starting showing up on the beach with markers that date as far back as 1890 when a night of very strong winds resulted in the sand shifting. The gravestones as it turns out were linked to a perturbing part of San Francisco’s history. Back in the early twentieth century, the city’s population was booming, during this time the authorities closed most of the Catholic, Chinese and Jewish cemeteries in order to make space for housing developments. The tombstones were transported to landfills, broken into pieces to line gutters, some were used to create seawalls and breakwaters, while others were dumped into the San Francisco Bay. Over the last couple of years, the tombstones have appeared and disappeared depending on the weather.
During a storm at sea in February of 2017, a small shipping vessel sailing between Ireland and the United Kingdom, lost four of its storage containers loaded with power tools, boxes of wine, Ikea furniture, and thirty-two pallets of Bunalun Organics rice cakes. As the cakes were so light in weight, they swiftly occupied the shorelines of Perranporth Beach in North Cornwall, England. After the storm had passed, Surfers Against Sewage, which is a marine conservation charity, arrived on the scene and cleared the entire beach of the rice cakes that were wrapped in plastic packages.
During the years 2008 and 2018, there were a total of fourteen human feet, that were trapped in hiking boots and sneakers, washing up along the coast of British Columbia, which included the Salish Sea and Botanical Beach. In spite of the number of feet, the British Columbia Coroners Service, contend that the cases do not correlate or are in any form evidence of foul play. What they concluded, was that the feet were the remains of persons that drowned accidentally or committed suicide.
In North Carolina, while out fishing, a group of fishermen saw a wayward shipping container, opened it, and to their astonishment found thousands of Spicy Nacho, Cool Ranch, and Nacho Cheese Doritos. A vast number of the tortilla chips ventured out of the container and found their way to the shores of Hatteras Island, where residents were more than eager to help themselves with armloads of the tasty delight, some even filled trucks with the Doritos chips. This incident caused such a commotion that the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hangs a Doritos bag on display, next to various other items that have been shipwrecked along the island’s coastline.
Thousands of perfectly shaped snowballs arrived on the eleven-mile beach line of the Gulf of Ob in Siberia in October 2016. According to reports the size of the snowballs was between the size of a tennis ball and three feet in diameter. This is an extremely rare, natural occurrence, where the snowballs are made under some uncommon conditions. The coastline in association with the outside temperature has to align perfectly so that tiny pieces of ice can form into spheres by being rolled around by the wind and water. Although the phenomenon took the residents of Serbia by surprise, it has occurred in other places like Lake Michigan and Maine in 2010 and 2015 respectively.