16 Strangest Things That Have Washed Up on Beaches
Shipwrecks and fossils and giant Legos—oh my! You’ll never guess the odd and incredible things these people found on the beach.
Thousands of tires
An estimated 10,000 tires were spotted on a North Carolina beach after a hurricane in 2010. The tires were part of a decades-old project by the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries, which used them as an artificial reef to protect the shore. However, “we don’t use them anymore,” Louis Daniel, the director of Marine Fisheries, told Wilmington Star News. “This is the primary reason.”
Aboriginal sandstone carving
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Nearly 50 years ago, a large sandstone rock was discovered on an Australian beach. But this wasn’t just any old piece of rubble—it was Tasmanian Aboriginal rock art, one of the oldest in the world. This particular carving most likely marked the location of a meeting place or campsite. After archaeologists studied and photographed the art, they donated it to the Queen Victoria Museum.
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Known as “Lady Liz” by the locals, this rusty iron ship was once a proud vessel that hauled cargo around the world for over 30 years. But after running into some bad weather, Lady Elizabeth was too damaged to continue sailing. She eventually retired to the Falkland Islands in 1936, where she has remained ever since.
Spine of a whale
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Millions of sea creatures washed up on British beaches in March 2018, thanks to high tides and strong winds caused by a hurricane. The most interesting discovery: An enormous (and intact!) backbone and tail of a whale. But that’s nothing compared to the 8 most mysterious archaeological treasures on Earth.
Fake dragon skull
British beachgoers were surprised to discover a 40-foot dragon skull on England’s Jurassic coast, which is famous for its dinosaur fossils. If you think this massive skull belongs in a fantasy film, you’re not far off—it was actually a creative ad for “Game of Thrones,” a popular television series. A team of three sculptors spent more than two months designing, constructing, and painting the skull.
Did you forget your beach bag? Just stop by Aberdeen Beach in Scotland, where a shopping cart washed up on the sand back in 2011. Lugging around your umbrellas and towels just got a whole lot easier. To get started on your own coastal treasure hunt, check out these real-life treasures that haven’t been found yet.