The 18 Weirdest Items To Ever Wash Up On The Beach

Published February 1, 2018
Updated March 13, 2018

The ocean has always been full of weird marine life. But how do you explain robot arms and disembodied feet?

Large Lego Sculptures

Large Lego Man On Beach
Thanks to guerrilla artist Ego Leonard, giant Lego men have washed up on various beaches around the world, in places such as Florida, Brighton, Japan, and the Netherlands.@egoleonard/Twitter

Millions of Dollars In Cocaine

Cocaine Bricks
A Japanese man discovered four backpacks carrying 80 kilograms of cocaine in 2013. In total, the stash was estimated to be worth around 48 million dollars.Wikimedia Commons

Disembodied Feet

Disembodied Foot And Shoe
In the last decade alone, 13 disembodied feet have washed up on the shores of British Columbia. Due to a shoe's buoyancy, a decomposed foot will float around before landing on the shore.YouTube

A German U-Boat

German U-Boat SM U-118
The German U-Boat SM U-118 washed up on a beach in Hastings. Attempts to remove it by refloating it and shooting it with a French destroyer were largely unsuccessful.Wikimedia Commons

A Life-Sized E.T. Model

E.T.
For reasons unknown, someone once stole a life-sized E.T. model. After it was found floating in the ocean and was mistaken for a body, it was returned to its rightful owner.Universal Pictures

A Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Rusted Japanese Motorcycle
A Japanese man who lost his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the 2011 tsunami was shocked to find out his bike washed up five thousand miles away in British Columbia.YouTube

Space Craft Debris

Space Craft
Debris from a spacecraft washed up on the shores of Freeport, Texas in 2017. It was a piece from a rocket used to send supplies to the International Space Station. The rocket was launched in French Guinea, and one piece ended up more than three thousand miles away from the original launch site.ABC 13 Eyewitness News

Whale Vomit

Ambergris Whale Vomit
A British man was offered 50 thousand Euros for a smelly rock his dog found on the beach. The smelly rock was actually ambergris or whale vomit. The strange-smelling substance is often used in perfumes.Sydney Morning Herald

A Piano

Piano Beach
A piano mysteriously washed up on the shores under the Brooklyn Bridge. It was still in one piece, but it did not work, and no one had the slightest clue where it came from.@MeredithJM/Twitter

Lots of World War II Bombs

Rusty WW2 Bomb
Bombs from World War II wash up at times, but residents of Calshot Beach in Hampshire witnessed nearly 100 bombs wash up on their shores. The bombs could not be detonated due to their proximity to the residents, so they had to be carried away and blown up elsewhere.YouTube

Rubber Ducks

Rubber Duck
25 years ago, nearly 30 thousand rubber ducks were lost at sea. They've traveled all over the world, to places like Hawaii, the UK, South Africa, and even the Arctic.Alexander Kaiser/pooliestudios.com

Bananas

Bananas
In 2007, six crates of bananas from Cuba were lost at sea, and they ended up on the Dutch island of Terschelling.Wikimedia Commons

Doritos

Doritos
A container the size of a tractor-trailer washed up on a North Carolina beach, and it was full of Doritos. Residents were quick to nab as many bags of chips as possible.Wikimedia Commons

A Mine

Navy Min On A Beach
A Navy training mine washed up on a beach in Miami in 2011. A bomb squad quickly came in, and the US Navy took the mine away, presumably to either be placed in storage or blown up somewhere else.YouTube

A Yacht

Yacht Washed Up On Beach
In 2016, a disabled yacht was found on the shores of Palm Beach. The owner was reportedly boating under the influence when he ran aground.YouTube

A Robot Hand

Robot
A robot hand washed up on the shores of the very scarily named Great Kills Park in Staten Island. The rest of the robot was nowhere to be found.Wikimedia Commons

Snowballs

Siberian Snowballs On The Beach
Due to a rare natural phenomenon, a beach in Siberia was once covered in snowballs, which naturally formed due to the motion of the tide, wind, and other factors.@siberian_times/Twitter

A 500 Year Old Swivel Gun

Swivel Gun
A teenager in Darwin found a swivel gun after a particularly low tide. The gun was revealed to be Portuguese in origin and is now being used in the debate of whether or not the Portuguese ever landed in Australia.Wikimedia Commons

There's a lot of weird stuff floating in the oceans right now, and that's not even counting the weird animals and various living things that call the deep blue their home.

The many ocean currents then carry these objects until they wash up on a beach to be discovered by various passers-by. There are the mundane, everyday objects such as plastic bottles that bob around aimlessly until they get eaten by some unfortunate animals.

Then there's the full blown-weird, like millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Or a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that floated from Japan to British Columbia because of a tsunami.

Of course, there's also the completely baffling, such as the piano that just randomly showed up under the Brooklyn Bridge. Then there's the random robot arm that was found on a Staten Island beach.

Even without all the sea-monsters that end up dead on a beach, there's lots of interesting stuff to find.

From giant Lego men to bananas to lots of bombs, here are some of the weirdest items to end up on a beach.


For more weird things you can find in the seas, read about the world's deepest fish. Then read about the shark that can live for almost 500 years.

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