The strangest things washed ashore. From rare collectable items to a thousand packs of Doritos. Here are strange objects found on the beach.
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Number 9 Doritos
Due to an overturned cargo container, thousands of bags of Doritos washed ashore in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. As a result, humans and seagulls were treated to an abundance of free chips. The birds feasted on the bags that were already open while humans went for the bags that were intact. Because of the bags’ airtight seals, the contents were still unspoiled. Some of the locals criticized the reaction to the spill, as people reportedly didn’t seem as preoccupied with cleaning up the federally-protected beach as they were with getting free junk food. Nevertheless, the littered area was eventually cleared of the bags.
Number 8 Birds
In 2011, thousands of birds were found washed ashore on Wasaga Beach, in Ontario. Afterwards, stormy or windy weather brought them to the shore. The rise of botulism in recent years has been attributed to a combination of increasingly oxygen-deprived conditions, gradually warming waters and higher levels of bacteria.
Number 7 Motorcycle
Ikuo Yokoyama lost his house and three members of his family in the disaster. The tsunami also swept away his van, which he was using to store, among other things, his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. About a year later, a man named Peter Mark stumbled upon the van on a remote beach on Graham Island. The currents had taken the storage unit more than 3,000 miles away, to British Columbia. Mark found the Harley Davidson inside. Apart from some rust, it was mostly intact. When news of the find broke in the media, a Haley-Davidson representative paid for the motorcycle to be repaired and transported back to its rightful owner.
Number 6 ET
In 2011, a beach goer from Portsmouth called the police after spotting, what appeared to be, something in the water. When they arrived at the scene, the authorities were shocked to find that it was actually a life-size ET replica, very much like the one from Steven Spielberg’s movie. It had been taken from the house of Margaret Wells during a robbery. Wells’ daughter had created the one-of-a-kind alien model as part of a stage makeup course. The replica eventually made its way back to Wells, who told a media outlet ‘There’s only one in the whole of England and that is mine, I always knew ET would come home.
Number 5 Friendly Floatees
More than two decades after they fell off a cargo ship, children’s bath toys are still turning up around the world. In 1992, a container with 29,000 Friendly Floatees, toys consisting of yellow ducks, red beavers, blue turtles and green frogs, spilled into the North Pacific Ocean. From that point on the buoyant bath toys have been found in Alaska, Scotland, Newfoundland, Hawaii, South America, Australia, the Atlantic Ocean and even encased in Arctic Ice. Some were even spotted floating over the site where the Titanic sank, 17,000 miles away from the spill.
Number 4 Lego
On February 13, 1997, a huge quantity of Lego pieces fell off the Tokyo Express container ship. A huge wave, described by the captain as a ‘once in a 100-year phenomenon’. As a result, 62 shipping containers full of 4.8 million pieces spilled into the ocean. Lego bricks have since been turning up on various beaches, particularly in Wales, Ireland and southern England. Ironically, many of the pieces were nautically themed. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the only strange phenomenon involving Lego washing ashore. Giant Lego sculptures have been sporadically found in the sea or on beaches, ever since 2007.
Number 3 Gigantic Eyeball
In 2012, a man in Florida stumbled upon a gigantic eyeball that had floated onto the sand of Fort Lauderdale. Knowing that it might be of interest to someone from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee, he took it home and put it in his refrigerator. The eyeball, which was slightly larger than a softball, didn’t belong to some colossal sea monster, as it was initially reported. Wildlife authorities identified it as belonging to a very a large swordfish, one that might have weight almost 1,400 pounds.
Number 2 Bag of Hands
On March 8, 2018, a fisherman made a discovery on an island in the Amur River, in Khabarovsk, Siberia.
Number 1 Mysterious Creature on Seram Island
On a remote Indonesian beach, a local man discovered a gigantic creature washed ashore. 37-year-old Asrul Tuanakota, a resident of Seram Island, Indonesia, initially thought that he had seen a boat wreck.