16 Weird And Unexpected Things Washed Ashore


It is no longer shocking to see strange things wash ashore since this is one thing the world is becoming too familiar with. After all, more than 70% of our planet is covered in water, so on occasion, some rare and weird things will somehow manage to wash up on shores in different locations. In fact, lots of man-made remnants and even some pleasant-looking rare animals have washed up on shores over the years. While this is seen as a big environmental issue, sometimes mind-boggling things wash up with the shambles. From little-understood sea creatures that you could call marine mysteries, to huge toys and other weird things. And yes, those unexpected things usually gets everybody to scratch their heads in shock. As long as things keep slipping into the waters around the world, and as long as the planet remains surrounded by water, stranger things are bound to float around out there …Perhaps bigger and stranger things than we can think of.

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Mysterous Giant Squid

In September 2005, an army of giant squids, weighing as much as 17 pounds, washed up in Newport Beach Calif. The bug-eyed creatures, believed to be Humboldt squid, naturally live in deep waters, so it was hard for locals to come across them both on land and sea. Authorities explained that the squid might have been chasing after bait fish and gotten too close to shore. Other factors, such as warm ocean temperatures or record rainfall were also suspected.

Giant Eyeball

This enormous floating eyeball washed up on the sand in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2012. The softball-sized eyeball was found by a man who was out for a stroll. He kicked the undamaged eyeball around a few times before taking it home to preserve it in his refrigerator. Fortunately he didn’t take it home to feed on it but simply to keep it fresh until someone from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) could come and identify it. Normally, rumors of massive sea monsters began spreading throughout the area. Wildlife authorities quickly ruined the fun by identifying the giant oculus as belonging to a huge swordfish (a specie that can reach fourteen hundred pounds). Well, it didn’t end there as many still asked how the eye wound up on the beach? The FWC solved the mystery too by saying that although it was definitely uncommon to see a fully intact eyeball separate from any other body parts, this one had clear, straight-line cuts around the tissue—indicating that some horrific fisherman carefully cut out the baby blue and then threw it overboard.

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In 2006, a tractor-trailer-size container filled with thousands of bags of Doritos washed up on a beach in Frisco. When the container was broken open by Charter boats captains, they discovered that it was brimming with Doritos. Surprisingly a horde of the packets were still sealed and undamaged. But the story regrettably doesn’t have an entirely happy ending as the container carrying the Dips was never recovered!!

Boat Filled With Marijuana

This 30-foot fishing boat carrying more than one ton of marijuana washed up onto the Southern California coast. The boat was seen close to Ventura and the Los Angeles county line near Leo Carillo State Park. Anyway, what’s more shocking is that till date no one has come forward to claim the cargo and although one person was detained on the beach for “sampling” the product, the appearance of the boat and it’s cargo remains a mystery. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a helicopter crew could not locate anyone in the water. No arrests or injuries have been reported in connection to the vessel as of yet outside the person who was detained on the beach.

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Sports Shoes

Thousands of sports shoes washed up on a beach in the Netherlands in 2006 after a P&O container lost its load. It was reported that locals rushed out to try to find shoes for themselves, but by the time they got there most of the good stuff had already been taken. Some met only the very small or very big sizes, in last years colors.

Larger than Life Lego Man

In 2008, this 8ft tall Lego man in the photo above washed up on Brighton beach. While some stories say it was being washed off a freighter, or even from Lego Land in Denmark, others believe it’s an art project or publicity stunt. I am just wondering the Lego Boat he was sailing!

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Message in a Bottle

In 1794, a Japanese seaman named Chunosuke Matsuyama and his 43 companions were caught in a storm and shipwrecked on a South Pacific island. Since there were no supplies, all of the crew suddenly expired; but not before Matsuyama wrote a message telling of their misfortune, carved in coconut wood and slipped in a bottle. No one knew what had become of the group until the bottle was discovered 151 years later close to the Japanese village of Hiraturemura.

Japan’s Tsunami Dock

Originally thought to be a big barge, this huge 165-tonne structure made of concrete, metal and tyres, and studded with starfish and barnacles, arrived on a beach south-west of Portland, Oregon USA in 2012. After thorough inspection, it was found to be a big dock torn from a Japanese port by the 2011 tsunami which had traveled some 8,050km (5000 miles) after the terrible storm had torn it free.

 18 foot Long Oarfish

A giant Oarfish arrived on a beach in California in 2013. As can be seen in the photo above, it took 16 people (and one dog) to lift it out of water and to pull it to the shore. The huge creature is known to be the longest species of bony fish. Not much is known about oarfish which is said to have inspired sailors’ tales of sea serpents as they are hardly seen because they prefer to slither in the deep, open ocean ( they dive over 3,000 feet deep). Based on the statement issued by scientists, the over-sized fish died as a result of being “in distress”…well you could suggest it died as a result of being dragged to shore by 16 people (and one dog).

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Montauk Monster

This strange water-logged animal nicknamed Montauk Monster made its first appearance in 2008 on a beach in New York, and continues to be the subject of controversy since then. Authorities could only view the creature through photographs, but the pictures alone were enough for the East Hampton Natural Resources department and numerous zoologists to quickly describe it as a dead, bloated, and decomposing raccoon. However, some have doubted this seemingly dubious experiment saying that the Montauk Monster’s legs were too long to be those of a raccoon. Zoologists shunned that thought by dishing out a better explanation saying that raccoons are shockingly leggy, and that their limb proportions match those of the strange beast. Also, what many have been called a beak is actually a de-fleshed snout and exposed premaxillary bones. Additionally, composite images of a raccoon body and the Montauk Monster depict an ideal similarity.

In spite of all the explanation dished out by the experts, there are two major facts which continue to spark speculation. Number one; no one could tell where the carcass went after it washed up, and only a few people saw it in person. Many believe the unidentified beast which appeared to be a mammal with a bird’s beak washed back into the ocean while some others said it mysteriously disappeared. Perhaps someone dragged it off to let it rot in their backyard—but no one’s saying who or where. Secondly, the federally owned Plum Island Animal Disease Center—which has its own reasonable portion of conspiracy theories is located in the region of the beach where the bizarre animal was seen.

BMW Motorcycles

This BMW came about as a result of a 62,000 tonne container ship being stricken off the coast of Devon in 2007, the close by coast line was strewn with containers of all shapes and sizes. These BMW motorcycles worth £12k each (15 went missing in total) as well as other expensive items including shoes, golf clubs, oil paintings and camcorders were all discovered in the bounty. Locals call the scene a ”cross between a bomb site and a car boot sale”.

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A Grand Piano

This may look like the cheesy album art to a Sting solo album, nonetheless in 2011, a grand piano appeared on a beach in Miami.

Rubber Duckies

A cargo ship dropped 28,000 rubber ducks into the Pacific in 1992 by chance. Arguably, the cutest rubber ducks were discovered over 20 years later landing on the beaches of just about every continent. Many of the toys have floated ashore, but there are still thousands of them floating through the high seas, following the ocean’s many currents and gyres. The cutest little pollutants really helped scientists research the world’s ocean currents, and even led them to find out the North Pacific Gyre, where all the ducks seem to eventually end up. The ducks that were dropped off Pacific Ocean have 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.

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In 2007 another ship lost several containers. Locals of Dutch North Sea islands woke up to find their beaches littered with thousands of bananas – most of them safe to eat.

40-foot fender

Initially mistaken to be a giant beach whale from a distance, this giant fender washed up on Thornham near the popular seaside resort of Hunstanton in north Norfolk. The Massive structure said to be worth nearly £20,000 is called a Yokahama fender – it is used to stop big ships colliding with docks and each other during transfers of fuel and goods. Well, till date, nobody has claimed the 40-foot structure.

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Mysterious Sea Creature

A “mysterious sea creature” washed ashore in Russia. The creature was described to have a “furry tail” and a “long dolphin-like beak”. The unusual creature looks like Dolphins but Dolphins do not have any fur. According to the characteristics of the skin, it is a rare species. I doubt that it lived in our waters. Witnesses say the carcass is more than twice the size of a human. Marine experts say it is most likely the animal was brought by a warm current. Authorities are trying to figure out what it is.