All we get are beached whales, coconuts and plastic.
Oh well. In other climes though, checkout what they’re finding on their beaches. Wouldn’t it be just awesome to find some of these stuff here? Oh, and Google helped with these.
# Montauk Monster
Don’t ask me, for i don’t know what it is. Its called the Montauk Monster. This water-logged beast made its debut in 2008 on a beach in New York, and has remained the subject of controversy ever since.
Authorities could only view the creature via photographs, yet the pictures alone were enough for the East Hampton Natural Resources department and multiple zoologists to quickly peg the thing as a dead, bloated, and decomposing raccoon. While some have claimed that the Montauk Monster’s legs were too long to be those of a raccoon, zoologists have debunked that notion by explaining that raccoons are surprisingly leggy, and that their limb proportions actually match those of the “monster.” Also, what many have called a beak is actually a de-fleshed snout and exposed premaxillary bones. Furthermore, composite pictures of a raccoon body and the Montauk Monster show a perfect match.
Despite what the experts say, however, there are two major facts which continue to fuel speculation. For one, no one knows what happened to the carcass after it washed up, and only a few people have seen it in person. Secondly, the federally owned Plum Island Animal Disease Center—which has its own fair share of conspiracy theories—is located in the vicinity of the beach where the strange animal was found. All of this makes great fodder for stories of a bizarre animal hybrid escaping Plum Island, and the government whisking away the carcass before it could be studied, bringing their dubious experiments to light.
So,swollen and disgusting—raccoon it is.
# Giant Eyeball!
In 2012, a softball-sized eyeball floated onto the sand in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was discovered by a man who kicked it about a few times before taking it home and putting it in his refrigerator. Luckily, he didn’t intend on having the peeper for lunch, and was simply trying to keep it fresh until someone from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) could retrieve and identify it. Wildlife authorities quickly spoiled the fun by identifying the oversized oculus as belonging to a large swordfish (a species that can reach fourteen hundred pounds).
Due once again to an overturned cargo container, thousands of packages of chips littered more than a half mile of otherwise pristine beach.
This resulted in a chip free-for-all, where both humans and seagulls scavenged to get their fill of cheesy goodness. The birds gorged on the open bags, while people scrambled to gather the intact packs which, thanks to their airtight seal, were still fresh.
# Severed feet in Shoes!
You might want to think twice before picking up an abandoned shoe in the sand, as there’s a fair chance it could contain a human foot.
This is especially true if you live in British Columbia or the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Since 2007, beach goers have found at least ten shoe-clad feet in these areas—and five of them were tracked back to four apparently-deceased individuals. The identified feet are said to belong to several missing persons, a person who committed suicide, and someone who died of natural causes. Currently, no one knows to whom the other feet belong.
# Giant Lego Man!
You never know what kind of flotsam you’ll discover while taking a stroll down the shore—yet even for the most experienced beachcomber, stumbling across an eight-foot-tall, one-hundred-pound Lego man is entirely unexpected.
Nevertheless, versions of Ego Leonard (the Lego figure seen above) have apparently washed ashore on at least four beaches throughout the world.
The first Ego Leonard sighting was in 2007, when the colorful sculpture was retrieved from a sea near the Netherlands. The following year he was found on Brighton Beach, U.K.; in 2011 he showed up at Siesta Key Beach, Florida; and in 2012 he appeared on a beach in Los Angeles, California.
# Nike Sneakers!
If you’re walking along the shore and happen to find a Nike sneaker with the code 90 04 06, then you may have discovered one of the famed (at least for oceanographers) sixty thousand Nikes that fell from a storm-tossed ship in 1990.The sneakers could float for ten years—and surprisingly, they were still wearable after three years, which turned several seashores into impromptu swap-meets as people scrambled to find matching pairs of shoes.
Even more shoes have been spilled since 1990, so if you ever find yourself strapped for cash and needing a new pair of kicks, try your luck at the beach.
# Rubber Ducks!
Of all the things to fall off a cargo ship, arguably the cutest was a crate of 28,000 rubber ducks and other bath toys.
They went overboard in 1992, and beachcombers all over the world are still coming across the rubber ducks today—more than twenty years later.
Many of the toys have floated ashore, but there are still thousands of them bobbling through the high seas, following the ocean’s many currents and gyres. Although most people would prefer that 28,000 pollutants hadn’t entered the ocean, the toys have had a positive side effect in that they’ve revolutionized our understanding of ocean currents. The ducks were abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean while on a voyage from Hong Kong to the United States, and they’ve since shown up in far off places like South America, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, Scotland, Newfoundland, and the Atlantic. Some are even frozen in Arctic ice.
In 2007, residents of two Dutch North Sea islands must have thought they were blessed by the fruit gods when thousands of unripe bananas swept onto their shores.
In reality, they came from yet another container that had fallen off a cargo ship during a storm. Crowds of banana-seekers showed up to gather the fruit, undoubtedly with visions of smoothie and bread recipes in their head. In fact, there were so many bananas littering the coastline that some suggested that they donate them to a nearby zoo.
Enough boli for these guys!
# Sports Flyswatters!
Thousands of accidental container spills occur in the Pacific Ocean every year, as loads and loads of commercial goods make their way from Asia to the West. While this lost cargo is seriously adding to the ocean’s pollution problem, there is one silver lining: it could make you the owner of a free, slightly beat-up fly swatter.