The oceans are vast and mysterious, covering 71% of our planet and containing all kinds of things that we have yet to discover, despite our best efforts to explore the deepest depths.
Because not many of us will ever get the opportunity to hitch a ride in a Submersible, the best place to discover some of the ocean's secrets is to go for a walk down at the beach. We all love going to the beach anyway, but if you keep your eyes peeled and happen to be in the right place at the right time, some real treasures can be found washed up on the shore!
From bizarre objects that people have lost or thrown away, to the carcasses and bones of weird creatures from the deep, people have found all kinds of amazing things on the beach that need to be seen to be believed. Scroll down below to see what we mean, and let us know what you think in the comments!
#1 So My Friend Found A Message In A Bottle While Fishing
“Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” David Attenbourgh said in his intro to the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. And he's right, the ocean's are the least explored areas on Earth, despite making up the vast majority of it. Every year we discover new species from the depths, some of which are so bizarre and alien-like that people can barely believe that they are real.
So far, we know that there are at least 242,000 different species down there because their names are now registered in the World Register of Marine Species. Around 2000 are added to the list each year. But how many more are we missing? Nobody knows, but estimates range from 300,000 to over 10 million!
#2 Piece Of Dried Seaweed With One End Stuck In Sand Drew Concentric Circles As It Was Rotated By The Wind
#3 I Found This Pyrite Fossil (Ammonite) On An English Beach
As much as there are creatures that have so far managed to avoid contact with us, they can't escape our impact. In the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of the ocean, every single amphipod captured had at least one plastic fiber in its stomach, according to the research published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
The world produces an estimated 10 tons of plastic a second, and between 5 million and 14 million tons finds its way into the oceans each year. Much of it washes up on beaches, even on the world’s most isolated and faraway islands, such as the otherwise pristine and ecologically important Galapagos Islands.
About 5 trillion pieces currently float on the surface, often in tiny, easy-to-swallow pieces that end up in the stomachs of albatrosses, sea turtles, plankton, fish, and whales. But those pieces also eventually break up further and sink, raining down into the deep sea and onto the unknown creatures that live there.
#4 This Satisfying Pebble I Found At The Beach
#5 Found This Shell On Corporation Beach On Cape Cod. Instant Goosebumps
I wish this lady could know her son had fun on the beach with our kids. (We did set it back out to sea. We knew this shells journey wasn't over yet!)
The practice of searching the beaches for flotsam and jetsam that washes ashore from the sea is called beachcombing, and has been a popular pastime for many years now. The more serious beachcombers can be found scouring the beaches with metal detectors, hoping to strike it lucky with something interesting that may have found itself washed onto the beach from ancient shipwrecks, or perhaps some remnants of history or wars in the past. However, most of what is found is trash. Still, sounds like a great hobby to have!
#6 I Found This At My Local Dog Beach Today
#7 A Collection Of Different Tracks And Footprints I Found On The Beach
If you do decide to have a try at beachcombing, be aware that local laws about what you can take vary. Most will prohibit you from taking animals and plants away from the shore, although of course a few seashells is going to be just fine. There is also the risk of hazardous materials, like the case of a 41-year-old woman near Hamburg, Germany. She picked up an object from the beach, mistaking it for amber. She then put it in her jacket pocket, laid the jacket down… and her pocket combusted. The object was white phosphorus from a second world war incendiary bomb.
#8 Sandcastle With Extremely Clean Lines
#9 A Piece Of Glacial Ice I Found On The Beach
What happens if a shipwreck happens, and the goods wash up at your local beach? Is it yours to take now? One of the most famous recent examples would be the tale of the MSC Napoli, a cargo ship that was deliberately beached off England's south coast in 2007, to prevent it breaking apart during storms. About 100 containers fell off the ship and washed up on the shore, much to the excitement of local residents.
"Initially intrigued and then delighted, local residents, followed by scavengers from all over the country, descended onto the beach and spent two days and nights frantically looting whatever booty they could get their hands on," ABC reported at the time. "Motorbikes, spare car parts, clothes, make-up, nappies and even Bibles in foreign languages were all rapidly pilfered by grinning beachcombers in a crazed treasure hunt more akin to the days of galleons and pirates." Some years on, and many residents quietly kept all kinds of booty from the containers, including barrels of wine and BMW motorbikes. The incident has gone down as a mad period that villagers will talk about for generations to come.
#10 This Piece Of A Whales Spinal Column That Washed Up On The Beach
#11 Not Something You Find On The Beach Everyday
#12 Giant Squid Washed Up In Wellington New Zealand
#13 Found Washed Up On Dillon Beach, California USA. Human For Scale, I'm 5'10"
#14 Found This Rock Within A Rock On A Beach Walk
#15 A Sea Weathered Chunk Of Glacial Ice Made A Perfect Chair On A Black Sand Beach In Iceland
#16 My Brother Likes To Search For Shark Teeth On Beaches. This Was 6hrs Of Searching At Folly Beach Sc
#17 What The Storm Brought To The French Shores
#18 While Walking On The Beach In Hawaii My Wife And I Found This Glass Ball That Had Become The Home Of Small Marine Ecosystem
#19 Inspired By All The Trashtags, I Went Out With My GF To Clean Our Local Beach And Found A $50 Note. Instant Karma
#20 I Went To The Beach In La And The Magnetic Clasp Of My Bag Attracted Metal Fragments Out Of The Sand
#21 This Stack Of Pianos On A Beach At Low Tide
#22 Hurricane Irma Eroded Away The Dune This Pine Tree Was Growing On. Talbot Island State Park, Nassau Co., Florida
#23 I Found This Smile Soda Bottle Patented On July 11th 1922
#24 This Kilo [Of Cocaine] My Mom Found Washed Up On A South Florida Beach This Morning
It has been turned over to authorities. Estimated street value was over $150,000
#25 Found This Entire Watch Repair Kit On Curracloe Beach In Wexford, Ireland. It Was All In A Large Biscuit Tin. I’m Guessing It Washed Up There Sometime In The 70s.
#26 Saw These Stacked Stone Arches At The Beach This Morning
#27 Want To The Beach Right After It Had Snowed And Found Thousands Of Snow Balls Floating In The Water
#28 Found This Little Guy While Working On The Beach. He'll Have A 14ft Wingspan Within Two Years
#29 I Took The Day Off Work To Celebrate My 40th Birthday, And Look What The Beach Gods Had Waiting For Me!
I literally could not believe my eyes! I had no idea mini glass Coca Cola bottles even existed!
#30 P-38 Found On Welsh Beach
#31 Someone Made A Stone Rainbow On Hornsea Beach, UK
#32 My Brother Found This Life-Bulb Washed Up On An Australian Beach. It Was All Alive And It Floated
#33 The Beach I’m At Has A List Of Commonly Found Garbage And How Long It Takes For It To Decompose
#34 Finding A Stranded Puffer Fish On The Shores
#35 Mother And Girlfriend Found This On The Beach. Any Idea What It Is?
#36 Housemate Found This On The Beach By Our House In The South Of Ireland
#37 Found This On A Beach In New Zealand - There Were Thousands Of Them At The High Water Mark
#38 Saw This Awesome Toothless Kite On The Beach
#39 Just Some Washed Up Jelly Fish On A Local Beach
#40 Found Washed Up On My Beach
#41 Found A Dried Seahorse On The Beach
#42 Don't Think I'd Have Wanted To Tangle With Him. Would Have Been A Big-Un!
#43 This Piece Of Beach Glass I Found With Just The Word “Litter” On It
#44 This Sick Washed Up Gar Skeleton I Found
#45 Badass Osprey I Saw Today At The Beach Frying A Baby Shark For Dinner On A Power Line
#46 He Found This Washed Up Shore... Yup That Is, Two Bite Marks...
#47 A Reindeer Joined Us On The Beach Today Outside Harstad, Norway
#48 These Beads Of Sand At The Beach
#49 My Mom Found This Amazing Sand Castle In Jerusalem Beach, Tel Aviv
#50 This Piece Of Beach Glass I Found With Just The Word “Litter” On It
#51 I Found A Couple Of WWII Artifacts At A Beach In Okinawa, Japan
#52 Found On Whitley Bay Beach, UK. A Quick Google Search Found It's The Bottom Of A Stone Cream Jug, C.1890's, With The Glaze Worn Off. Amazed The Writing Is Still So Sharp!
#53 Found An Almost Perfectly Spherical Rock At The Beach
#54 Old WWII Bunker Covered With Broken Mirrors In Dunkirk, France
#55 Mom Found This Bullet On The Beach About A Year Ago, How Old Is It And From What Type Of Gun?
#56 Jelly Fish Found On The Beach
#57 Found A Scrap Of Paper From The Wizard Of Oz On A Beach
#58 A Giant Rubik's Cube Washed Up On Shore
#59 Storm A Few Months Ago Washed This Onto Shore...
#60 I Literally Went Into Shock When I Found This Bucket List Find!
I screamed out loud and my friend screamed with me. Just lately I have given some of my really nice pieces away and I feel this is my reward for doing so. I am so happy right now that I am bursting at the seams. I am not sure if any other find can ever trump this one. I can finally say I have found my first Crown Perfumery Green glass stopper. To say I am overjoyed is an understatement.
#61 Whole Watermelon Washed Up From The Beach While I Was Picking Up Trash
#62 Found A Bone On The Beach
#63 I'm A Beach Lifeguard In California. This Washed To Shore The Other Day. Should I Be Worried?
#64 Two Hours Spent At Seaham (Ne England)
#65 Found On The Oregon Coast
#66 One Of My All Time Favorite Beach Finds. I Was Out Hiking Alone When I Stumbled On This
#67 Every Beach Should Have One Of These
#68 Falcon 9 Rocket Is Found In The UK Shores
#69 We Had A Little Biology Lesson On Our Walk
#70 Geometric Sandcastle
#71 Open Toilet In The Middle Of The Beach In The Caribbean
#72 This Mailbox On A Beach Where I Live Filled With Notebooks That People Walking The Beach Write Thoughts In
#73 Who Wants To Go Swimming?
#74 Found That On The Shore In Gaspe Coast Baie Des Chaleurs Back In Early 2000. What Is That??
#75 This Cinder Block That Washed Up On Shore After Tumbling Through Ocean Currents
#76 Super Round Stone I Found On The Beach
#77 Lead From 9 Months Metal Detecting The Local Beach And Swim Areas. This Is Close To 22kg Of Bullets And Sinkers I Dug Up
#78 Found On A Beach In Iceland
#79 Found At Cocoa Beach, Florida
#80 Finding Sharks Teeth, Like A Needle In A Haystack. Crystal Beach, Tx.
#81 Great White Shark Tooth Found Beach Combing In Northern California
#82 Officially The Creepiest Sand Sculpture At Revere Beach This Weekend
#83 Spooked Me, Washed Up On The Beach In Thailand
#84 Found On A Remote Beach In The Bahamas. Is This A Part Of A Plane Or A Boat?
#85 A Beach Dorito
#86 We Found A Lot Of Starfish On The Beach
#87 Patiently Waiting For The Rocks To Come Back
#88 Miami Is A Mario Kart Track Now
#89 I Found The Mermaids Purse Of A Skate Covered In Acorn Barnacles. Central Oregon Coast.
#90 West Coast Vancouver Island Beach Find; Hanging From A Rock, Length 14-16”, Low Tide ...typically Under Water
#91 Slow News Day
#92 Found This Gem In Venice Beach
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