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Strange Items That Washed Ashore

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Published on Feb 7, 2019

Shells, crabs, fish...there’s a lot of cool things to see on beaches. Once in a while, you might just come across something out of place. Let’s look at some of the most interesting things that have ever washed up on shore!

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6. Spacecraft Debris
We know that weird stuff can end up on beaches. That includes weird stuff from space, too. Last year, debris from the Falcon 9 rocket (seen launching here) washed onto Cumberland Island, near the coast of the state of Georgia. Parts of the projectile also landed in the waters of the Bahamas. The Falcon 9 rocket belonged to SpaceX, the commercial aerospace and space travel company that Elon Musk founded. In the fall of 2018, a 10 foot or 3-meter long chunk of debris washed ashore on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The National Park Service contacted the U.S. Coast Guard and SpaceX to see if they knew where the debris came from.




5. Rubber Duckies
Rubber duckies belong in the water. What comes to mind is the bathtub, of course. However, what would you do if you saw 28,000 rubber ducks in the sea? A shipping container filled with thousands of rubber ducks was lost at sea in 1992. The ship was on its way from Hong Kong to the United States. Nearly 20 years later, the ducks were discovered still floating in the ocean. Some of the ducks even washed onto the shores of Scotland, South America, Hawaii, and Australia. These ducks have been nicknamed “Friendly Floatees.”

4. Green Bananas
A so-called “banana wave” arrived onto two Dutch Islands located in the North Sea in 2007. The islands of Terschelling and Ameland (amlanT) were met with thousands of unripe bananas one autumn morning. Island locals flocked to the beaches to collect their share of free, fresh bananas. The fruit came from 6 containers that fell off a ship transporting the bananas from Cuba. An hour after the containers fell off the ship and broke open, the bananas showed up on Terschelling, covering 0.6 miles or 1 kilometer of the beach.

3. Tires
Tires were strewn across South Florida beaches in 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Most people guess the tires came from the human-made reef known as Osborne Tire Reef and that the storm must have pushed the tires towards the coast. The Osborne Tire Reef was a result of a failed attempt at creating a reef. As a result, 700,000 tires were discarded into the ocean. A few years earlier in 2011, Hurricane Irene also carried a bunch of tires onto the beaches of North Carolina. Those tires were thought to have come from the Osborne Tire Reef, too.

2. E.T.
Margaret Wells was robbed of her E.T. replica in 2012. The homemade E.T., modeled after the famous movie character, was a gift handcrafted by her daughter, and Wells was distraught when it was stolen from her home. That year, the tide brought in the life-sized E.T. model near the coast of Old Portsmouth of Hampshire, England. E.T. was not unscathed. Upon his return, Wells discovered one of this fingers missing. At least E.T. finally came home!


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