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12 unusual things washed ashore

The world’s oceans are full of secrets. Sometimes, however, these mysteries are revealed to us when they end up washed up on our shores. From treasures to unusual carvings and rare creatures in the deep sea, some really strange things have washed ashore in the past. Are you curious to know more about them? If so, here is a list of ten unusual things washed ashore.

1 In England, a life-size E. replica once washed ashore with the tide.

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Margaret Wells reunited with her beloved E.T. Image credit: Solent via dailymail.co.uk

In 2011 and 2012, about five miles from Portsmouth’s old town, Hants, in England, a pedestrian on a beach discovered a “body” floating around. The pedestrian then immediately called 999. But when the police and coast guard arrived at the scene, they quickly realized it wasn’t human at all. Instead, it was a life-size replica of the infamous alien E.T.

The exotic model belonged to a 76-year-old retiree named Margaret Wells. It had been handmade by Mrs. Wells’ daughter nine years before the accident. Then, in September 2011, the exotic supermodel was stolen from her home along with some jewelry and an iron.

Despite this tragic loss, Mrs. Wells was sure that E.B. She’ll come home – and it turns out she’s right! Unfortunately, when E. He came home, looking a little rough and missing a finger. However, her owner was more than pleased to be reunited with her beloved alien.

2 In 2012, an eight-year-old boy found a piece of rare amber, otherwise known as “whale vomit.”

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Eight-year-old Charlie Naysmith shows off the piece of ambergris. Image credit: Daily Echo via BNPS.co.uk/nbcnews.com

Of the many things the oceans regularly feast on, amber is perhaps one of the most priceless. Known as “whale vomit,” amber is produced in the digestive tracts of sperm whales. These objects can then float for years in the ocean before being washed ashore.

Despite the existence of synthetic substitutes, amber is highly valued in perfumery. Because of this and its rarity, pieces of amber can sometimes fetch huge amounts of money when sold. In 2012, a boy in England became one of the few lucky individuals to find a piece of amber.

Eight-year-old Charlie Naismith was at Hengistbury Head on the coast of southern England when he stumbled upon this find. At first, the boy thought it was just a seaside curiosity. But after looking at the block, he and his family realized they had discovered a rare piece of “whale vomit”. This loaf-sized piece of amber was then valued at about £10,000 to £40,000 (about $15,000 to $63,000).

3 A giant Lego statue once washed up on Siesta Key Beach, Florida.

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Giant Lego washed up. Image credit: Wenn.com/metro.co.uk

In 2011, a giant Lego statue washed ashore on Siesta Key Beach in Florida. The eight-foot-tall, 100-pound Lego figure was discovered by a man during his morning walk on the beach. The statue even had a mysterious message on its body that read, “Not really you.” On the back, it had the number “8” and the name “Ego Leonard” (which could also be written as “L. Ego”).

At first, many thought that this was a marketing ploy from Legoland. But as is often the case, the truth turns out to be stranger. The sculpture, like those that have appeared before on other beaches, was thought to be the work of a Dutch artist. However, it is not clear if Ego Leonard was the name of the statue or the artist. Regardless, this statue has proven to be a whimsical find.

4 In 2021, a rarely seen deep-sea fish, called an “anglerfish”, is said to have washed ashore in California.

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Anglerfish washed ashore. Image credit: Ben Estes via theguardian.com

Fans of the hit animated film Finding Nemo may remember a deep-sea fish that had a light bulb on its head. Given how scary the movie was, I probably assumed the fish was fictional. However, this creature, called an anglerfish, is very real and can be found in the dark depths of the oceans.

This strange creature usually dwells at depths of about 3,000 feet. It has a mouth of sharp, pointed, nightmarish teeth and prominent legs on its head that produce luster to help attract its prey. Like most deep sea creatures, this fish is rarely seen outside of its aquatic habitat.

But in 2021, one of these fish was found, still intact, washed ashore at Crystal Cove State Park in California. It’s not clear how or why it got there, but it’s thought to be a species of anglerfish called “football” in the Pacific Ocean. More importantly, just because these fish are rarely seen does not mean they are rare in nature. On the contrary, it is possible that it is common at those depths, and we do not know it.

5 Recently, some creepy-looking dolls were washing ashore on the Texas coast.

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Image credit: Jace Tunnell, University of Texas Marine Institute via usatoday.com

Usually, when researchers survey the coast, they are looking for sea creatures or endangered bird species. Sometimes, however, they end up finding really unusual things, like a number of scary-looking dolls.

As Mission-Aransas Reserve researchers report, these dolls have been showing up on Texas beaches for years now. Most of these dolls were found in horrific states, either covered in barnacles or missing their eyes, limbs, and hair.

12 unusual things washed ashore
Image credit: Jace Tunnell, University of Texas Marine Institute via usatoday.com

Jess Tunnell, director of the Mission-Aransas Preserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, has collected about thirty of these pesky dummies. The reserve documented some of these dolls on its pages on social networking sites, and some expressed interest in purchasing them.

But where do these dolls come from? It’s not really clear. However, the researchers said these Texas beaches are “unwanted magnets” because of a circular current that stretches from the Yucatan Peninsula to Florida. So more of these dolls may appear here in the future.

6 The spine of a healthy six-meter whale washed ashore in Australia in 2020.

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The whale backbone was spotted by beachgoers. Image credit: Tony Hancock via abc.net.au

In Australia, a whale spine was found by a man named Tony “Spike” Hancock at Wonboyen Beach in the Nadji Nature Reserve, south of Aden. The backbone was stripped of its flesh, exposing some large bones.

David Donnelly, a researcher at the Dolphin Research Institute, suggested that the bones could be as heavy as ten kilograms (about 22 pounds). He also mentioned that it is very unusual to find such remains on Earth, which makes this an interesting find.

Authorities said that although they were aware of and assessed the find, curious onlookers were not allowed to touch or remove any part of the skeleton. Because whales are protected by Australian law, it is illegal to own any of their parts. Failure to comply with this can result in serious penalties.

However, this warning may be completely unnecessary. Because, as it turns out, what drew Hancock to make the discovery wasn’t the snake-like appearance of the vertebrae. Instead, it was the stench that accompanied the corpse.

7 A man in Florida discovered a giant eyeball washed up on Pompano Beach.

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Giant Eyeball Washes Up On Florida Beach. Image credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via huffingpost.co.uk

In 2012, a Florida beachgoer discovered a softball-sized eyeball washed ashore on Pompano Beach. Soon, several theories arose about the origins of this mysterious eyeball. Do you belong to a giant squid? Or maybe a protruding shark? Maybe even an unusually large sailfish? However, the experts quickly squashed them all with a possible source. According to them, the blue grapefruit-sized eyeball likely belonged to a giant swordfish. Because the eyeball left so little bone on its side, they were able to rule out sharks as its source (sharks have cartilage).

The list was then narrowed down, allowing them to come to that answer. However, researchers must still perform genetic testing before releasing their final results. They also believed that there was some human interaction involved in this discovery. It is very likely that the fishermen cut out the eyeball from a dead fish and intended to keep it as a souvenir. The eyeball is set to be added to the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s specimen collection. (1, 2)

8 In Finland, smooth balls of ice rolled onto the beach on the beach and piled up like a huge pile of “snow eggs”.

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Ice eggs lining a beach in Finland. Image credit: Risto Mattila via livescience.com

In 2019, amateur photographer Risto Mattella came across a rather strange sight. A beach in Finland is covered with thousands of egg-shaped snowballs, much like turtle eggs. The balls covered about thirty meters (one hundred feet) of space on the ground, the largest of which was the size of a soccer ball.

Experts say that these “snow eggs” are formed as a result of a rare weather phenomenon. They are usually formed from pieces of large ice sheets that are pushed against by waves. As a result, the pieces become more round. Later, when sea water freezes on their surfaces, these globules can grow and become smoother. Finally, they are deposited on the ground by gusts of wind or left when the tide goes out. Similar sightings have been reported in the past. In 2016, residents of Nyda in Siberia found giant balls of ice and snow covering an 11-mile stretch of coastline.

9 In 2021, large blocks of tar washed up on the Israeli coast.

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A clump of tar on a beach in Israel. Image Credit: Rachel Pardo via nocamels.com

In 2021, Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline has been marred by an unfortunate incident. Thick lumps of tar were swept along it, to the dismay of environmental activists. The authorities even went on to describe it as one of the worst environmental disasters to hit the country. But fortunately, thousands of volunteers and soldiers signed up to clean up the mess.

According to reports, the leak likely occurred during a storm from a ship fifty kilometers (thirty miles) off the coast. Authorities also used satellite imagery and wave patterns to track down the ship responsible for the disaster. Unfortunately, the damage was already done. Tens of tons of tar were found on the coast, and it was feared that it would take months or even years to clean it all up.

10 In the year 2020, gold coins and jewelry began to sink on a beach in Venezuela.

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Treasure Washes Up on Venezuela’s Shore. Image credit: nytimes.com

While returning to his tin-roofed shack on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela, a fisherman named Yulman Lares sees something shimmering along the shore. He soon discovers that the sparkling piece is a gold medallion with an image of the Virgin Mary.

The village of Guaca, the site of this discovery, was once the center of Venezuela’s fish processing industry. But things took a turn for the worse when the village faced a shortage of petrol and the closure of the small fish packing factories. Then this discovery came as a godsend, and as word spread, many villagers soon joined in on the hunt for more treasures. Chemical tests indicated that gold had been manufactured in Europe in recent decades. However, no one really knows where exactly the gold came from.

11 In 2012, some WWII-era love letters washed ashore during Storm Sandy.

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Image credit: Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY via npr.org

While walking along a beach in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, one day after Sandy’s supernatural strike, a fourteen-year-old boy made an interesting discovery. He finds 57 love letters, all from the Second World War era, inside a box. These letters chronicled the lives of Dorothy Fallon and Lynn Farnham from 1942 to the week before their marriage in 1948.

Soon the boy’s mother, Kathleen Chaney, decided to play a detective. Then she found out that Farnham had died in 1991. One of her nieces also called her to say that 91-year-old Dorothy Fallon Farnham was in poor health in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It is believed that the letters floated from the Rumson area, down the Shrewsbury River, and into Sandy Hook Bay.

12 Part of a World War II-era plane has washed ashore on a beach in St. Johns County, Florida.

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Part of a WWII-era plane washes ashore on a St. Johns County beach. Image credit: firstcoachnews.com

It’s not every day that a WWII artifact washes ashore on the beach. But in 2020, part of a World War II-era plane comes ashore on a St. Johns County beach in Florida. It appears to be the backdrop for an aircraft, likely an F4F Wildcat, that crashed during a training mission.

The piece was about eight feet long and five feet in diameter. Some history buffs have even checked it with old photos to confirm the match. Chuck Meade, a marine archaeologist with the Lighthouse Marine Archaeological Program, was also researching the find. According to him, there was an aircraft carrier operating from Naval Station Mayport during the war. As a result, planes often left and landed in the area.

In the past, some older aircraft have been deliberately sunk to make artificial reefs. However, this plane did not seem to be such a plane. What gave this away was the tail hook which was still lodged in the tail section. Had the plane been deliberately sunk, this hook would have been removed.

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