From shocking treasures found in the sand, to abandoned ships, here are 10 craziest things found washed up after storms.
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5 - Giant Eyeball
In 2012, after a terrible lightning storm rained down off the Florida coastline one man went for a stroll along the beach only to discover an enormous eyeball. The softball-sized eyeball had floated from the ocean onto the Fort Lauderdale sands, where the passerby had kicked at it like a small football for a while until deciding to take it home. Once home the beachcomber placed the organ into his refrigerator and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, asking them to retrieve and identify the strange find. Rumours of colossal sea monsters made local headlines, yet the wildlife authorities were quick to ascertain that the eyeball belonged to a large swordfish, a species which can reach fourteen hundred pounds.
4 - Eight Foot Tall Lego Man
In 2014 a gigantic human-sized lego man washed up on a beach just south of Tokyo Japan, the eight-foot yellow man was spotted by a surfer. The lego man was found dressed in blue pants and a strange red t-shirt which read, No real than you are. Apparently, the same enormous lego character has turned up on beaches in the Netherlands in 2007, Brighton England in 2008, and Florida in 2011, the name Ego Leonard was scrawled across his back. Some believe this was the work of a giant marketing ploy while others insisted this must be the work of some sort of artistic project. And so it came to be known that a Dutch artist who goes by the pseudonym of Ego Leonard is responsible for the strange Lego ocean art. Interesting artistic expression, don't you think?
3 - Messages in a Bottle
A Japanese treasure hunting sailor found himself shipwrecked on a Pacific island in 1784. Before he succumbed and felt his soul pass on into the world hereafter, he carved a message into coconut wood, placed it in a bottle and flung the glass thing out into the sea. 151 years later, this message in a bottle washed up in the exact village where he had been born. And this is only the beginning of these messages found washed up on beaches. To study local ocean currents, Captain C. Hunter Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation set bottle 646B adrift along with 1,889 others on June 10th, 1914. In 2012, a Scottish skipper discovered this ancient aquatic message inside his fishing nets near the Shetland Islands. In 2000, a climate researcher at Canada's Institute of Ocean Science began the Drift Bottle Project in an attempt to better understand ocean currents around Northern America. To date over 6,400 bottled messages from ships around the world have been set adrift for this study. Of those, 264 or around four percent have actually been found and reported.
2 - Severed Feet
It began in 2004 when a terrible Tsunami raged throughout Asia, the devastation was widespread, though many had no idea how far this carnage would spread. That is, until 2007 when beachcombers in British Columbia of Canada and many United States residents who lived along the Pacific Northwest began picking up discarded shoes, with severed foots still inside. Over twenty of these feet have been discovered. Yet only four of these mysterious feet have ever been identified. Authorities don't think this occurrence is a case of foul play but refuse to encourage or dispute this belief. All of the other found feet have yet to be identified.
1 - Cigarettes
A shipment of Marlboro cigarettes was in route from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka when the cargo ship hit hostile storms, shedding around 500 containers of thousands upon thousands of the tobacco products. Most of these containers were believed to have sunk in the French waters around 75 miles south-west of Land's End, but a few of them found their way to shore, the contents leaking out into the oceans and finding their way to sandy beaches. In 2014, thousands of packets of these cigarettes washed up on Chesil Beach in Dorset England, three of the containers from the spillage of the previous week's storms were also found further down the shoreline. Police and coastguards rushed out to beat the hoard or beachcombers hoping to get some free smokes, collecting and removing around 11 million cigarettes. A trail of packages each containing 200 cigarettes, along with individual packets and capsules of what appeared to contain tobacco covered two miles of beach. Approximately three million dollars worth of cigarettes were uncovered from the sand and dirt.