Scariest Things That Have Washed Up On Beaches

By Nick Hadji 10 months ago

1. A 150-year-old tombstone

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Like a message from the sea gods, a tombstone belonging to 26-year-old Delia Presby Otter rose from the water one early morning. Allegedly, Delia's body was moved to an unmarked grave in the early 1910s after numerous municipal cemeteries were cleared out and moved elsewhere. But how did the huge stone for into the water? The old tombstones were reportedly used in temporary dams when the highway came in a direct threat to ocean water.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. The weirdest and most elusive fish

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This must be one of the strangest fish you have ever seen because it is enormous, has no teeth, and it's missing a tail. This elusive peculiarity of nature has never been seen in the northern hemisphere, so its discovery in California alarmed experts as well as casual beachgoers.

3. A gigantic tree

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You might ask, what's so strange about a tree washed up on the coastline? Well, it just so happened that the piece of wood in question was a huge, enormous tree that was at least 10 feet broad and several hundred feet tall! You can't help but wonder if that enormous piece of driftwood is the biggest thing ever discovered on the shore.

4. A blast from the past

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Don't undervalue the supermoon's influence or the tides it causes. Nearly 100 World War II bombs washed up on Hampshire's Calshot beach in 2011 alone. Once called, the Royal Navy took matters into their own hands and destroyed them to make them not pose a threat anymore.

5. Shoes, shoes, shoes, many, many shoes

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The Dutch island of Terschelling awoke in January 2019 to find furniture, many, many shoes, and even automobile pieces littering the shores. They initially found the episode amusing, but once they saw the extent of the pollution, they realized the seriousness of the problem, swiftly organized themselves, and began cleaning.

6. Toxic tar balls

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Strange tar balls started to wash ashore along Israel's Mediterranean coastline one February morning. The tar balls, which were caused by an oil spill 31 miles off the coast, covered a distance of more than 100 miles. The beaches had to be closed to the public as a number of cleanup workers were taken to the hospital after inhaling harmful tar ball vapors.

7. A WWII fighter jet

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This is surely a strange one! A Lockheed P38 Lightning jet from the USAF was spotted on Welsh Coast beaches in 2010. Apparently, a fighter plane by the name of Maid of Harlech fell into the Welsh Sea during a training exercise back in 1942. It was hidden by the waves until 2010, but as the coastline and seabed changed, the plane's location on the Gwynedd coast became obvious. Its location is now a secret, though.

8. The all-seeing eye

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Picture the size of this sea creature that washed up on the shore, to whom this all-seeing eye belongs if its eyeball alone is that large. Due to the presence of bones around the eye, scientists concluded that it is not a squid. It most likely belonged to some spectacular deep-water fish.

9. It's bananas!

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Terschelling, the Dutch island we mentioned above, is a well-known location for lost at-sea items. In 2007, residents discovered hundreds of... bananas washed up on the shore. They proposed giving them to the zoo because they weren't sure if they were edible or not. Why in the world do things constantly wash up there?

10. Dinosaur jawbone

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An enormous prehistoric mandible from an Ichthyosaur washed up on Lilstock Beach in Somerset, the UK, in 2018. Before this bone appeared on the shore, experts thought the maximum length of an Ichthyosaur was around 69 feet. The dinosaur whose jawbone originated from, however, would have measured at least 85 feet long. This unusual discovery has given rise to new scientific theories that suggest there may have been larger Ichthyosaur species than we currently don't know anything about!

11. Weird naval object

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When a weird, mysterious object washed up on a Hawaiian beach, a witness posted a picture of it on Reddit, where users made educated guesses as to what it might be since the media withheld any information. Nobody knows for certain how ancient it is, but it might be a submarine communications buoy.

12. Hundreds of manta rays

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In February 2011, hundreds of manta rays washed up on the coast for no apparent reason, eerily resembling the terrifying buildup of a Stephen King apocalyptic story. Although there is no evidence to support it, scientists hypothesize that an electrical impulse or a storm might have caused the rays to become disoriented. Whatever transpires next in this book will have to wait until every animal in the zoo is facing north at the same time.

13. A huge LEGO man

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The 8.2-foot giant LEGO man that has appeared on numerous beaches across the world says, "No real than you are." Fortunately, we know the origins of this one: It was created by a Dutchman who goes by the moniker Ego Leonard and has been released in the Netherlands, the UK, the US, and Japan.

14. A message... in a melon

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We've heard stories about messages in bottles that have washed up on a shore. However, there was a time when a melon with a note ended up on a beach. Given that the entire purpose of placing a note in a bottle in the first place is to maintain it dry, the fact that someone thought to put it inside a melon — which is moist inside — is extremely strange. We're baffled by this one.

15. A lethal jellyfish

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Unaware that it is capable of killing them, many people regard this seemingly innocuous animal to be attractive. You should, at all costs, avoid the fascinating Portuguese-man-o-war, a sea creature that resembles a jellyfish. These sea animals often float around in oceans, but they can be spotted on beaches as well.

16. A 250-year-old gun

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During an extremely low tide at Dundee Beach, Australia, in 2010, a weird object was seen sticking out of the sand. You guessed it! Or maybe not: It was a 250-year-old Swivel gun. Given that Captain Cook's landing in 1770 was the first known foreign interaction with Australia, the ancient artillery likely predates that event. The antique bronze canon, which is said to have been produced in Indonesia, was lost at sea and was buried for many years beneath the sands.

17. Whale with plastic in its stomach

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More and more news reports of whales washing ashore around the world are published each year. In some ways, the occurrence is natural, while in other instances, it results from careless human action. This time, the whale had fatal levels of plastic inside its stomach.

18. A robot hand

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Given that this beach is located in Great Kills Park in Staten Island, it is probably not surprising that a robot body part showed up on it. The robot hand resembled the metallic, skeletal hand of the terminator in some ways, although it was missing a few digits. The fact that the hand was the only robotic body part to wash up is the strangest aspect of the whole situation.

19. A 10-pound of weed (not seaweed)

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A crew observing endangered turtles on Orange Beach in May 2015 discovered a 10-pound bag of marijuana worth up to $8,000 washed up on the shore. According to Orange Beach Police, they couldn't figure out who the owner might be or how long the pack has been in the ocean.

20. A scary mutant

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Is it a turtle or a raccoon? A really strange mutant creature washed up on Long Island and was discovered to be burning in the sun. The picture gained instant notoriety, but we must say its inexplicable disappearance is perhaps more unsettling than its abrupt arrival.

21. Two Air Force drones

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A week and 300 yards apart, two BQM-167 "Skeeters" subscale drones washed up on Fort Morgan beach in April 2008. The drones were apparently misplaced during training at Tindall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, that same month. An Air Force official claimed that the tough waters prevented their recovery at the time.

22. Giant oarfish

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We know what you're thinking... "Wow, a fish washed ashore? Pretty boring!" But did you take a peek at this one's size? Oarfish usually reside in the deepest parts of the ocean, where they may survive at depths of up to 3,000 feet. These dangerous creatures, which may grow to a height of 30 feet, may have been the source of old "sea serpent" legends.

23. A horrendous smell... which is used to make perfumes

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Whale vomit, usually referred to by the more glitzy-sounding term ambergris, can occasionally be a disturbing yet thrilling beach find. If you manage to find it and get past the nauseating stench, you might be able to sell it for a lot of money because the substance is used to produce perfumes. Pretty gross, no?

24. A German war U-boat

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The residents of the English town of Hastings received a bit of a shock one morning in 1919, just after the end of the First World War, when they discovered a whole German U-Boat stranded on their shores. Here's where it gets scary: Two coastguards began offering tours of the interior before falling ill and passing away soon after — it was assumed that their deaths were caused by the boat's batteries leaking chlorine gas.

25. An army of ducks... plastic ones

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In 1992, 29,000 rubber ducks were released into the Pacific after a cargo ship sailing from China scattered its contents. Since then, they have been traveling with the tides across the ocean, appearing in the UK, Australia, South America, and everywhere else. The good part? They are now used by scientists to track ocean currents.

26. Plenty of crabs

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The larvae of 7-11 crabs are plentiful in Hawaii, but when you find hundreds (perhaps thousands) of them in an unsafe region (for them), it makes everyone feel kinda tense. Allegedly, the air bubbles found in their shells prevented the little crabs from diving, leaving them stuck on the sand. Sometimes, it's a short life.

27. A human-like monster

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Given the state of technology today, this may easily be fake news. However, it was claimed that this human-like creature had been discovered in Australia on a beach. C'mon, you need to admit that it resembles an alien more than a person. Again, it's difficult to say whether it's real or not, but if it is, wouldn't that be one terrifying-looking monster? Although it may have simply been edited and posted online to spark conversation, it still looks sinister.

28. An enormous rubber fender

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When compared to a car parked on a beach, a ship's fender appears extremely menacing, even though it doesn't appear as terrifying when it's next to the vessel itself. Nobody has reported this one missing, though. As time went by, it actually became a regional tourism destination once people grew accustomed to the sight and learned about it.

29. A truck-size shark

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In January 2021, a male basking shark with a length of 26 feet washed ashore on Bremen, Maine's coastlines, startling fishermen nearby with its truck-sized mass. Even though they are enormous, basking sharks are not dangerous to people. They typically prefer to float through the water with their jaws open, filtering delicious food through their gills. Scientists aren't sure what exactly caused the death of this shark.

30. A ghost ship

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There were no lifeboats or survivors aboard this ship when it reached a harbor off the coast of Liberia. What is the plot? Nobody knows for sure, but some theories say it may have been robbed by pirates or abandoned because the owner could not pay his workers.

31. A bag of human hands!

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This is grim, to say the least! We don't know what's worse, the fact hands were rolling up on shore, or the fact that all the severed hands were stored together in a bag! There were 54 hands in the bag that washed up on a Siberian shore. Medical equipment was also discovered nearby, which suggests they were stored and then disposed of incorrectly!

32. Giant snowballs

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It looks like a snowman graveyard, doesn't it? These snowballs varied from tiny tennis ball sized, to massive huge boulders of ice! The reason all these snowballs washed up on shore was because of ice forming on the waves which were then rolled into balls due to the wind and momentum of the water!

33. A huge die

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If there's one thing you don't expect to randomly see on a beach, it has to be a giant six-sided die. It was made of rusty metal, and found on a shore in Idaho in the US. It turns out that the rusty metal box was an old storage tank that had washed up, and some budding artist decided to put white spots on it!

34. Bits of whale

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We've had whale vomit and whole dead whales being found on shores, but it's also not unheard of to find random pieces of whale which have decomposed. What makes the whale bits more scary to find compared to a whole one is that you have to think what other sort of sea creature was responsible for the whale ending up in bits...

35. E.T - yes, that E.T!

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So this wasn't the original E.T from the Spielberg movie - because we all know he went home - but it was a very realistic prop that a woman's daughter had made as part of her stage makeup course. The treasured alien possession was then stolen when the woman's home was robbed, but E.T later washed up on the shore near her home!

36. A bunch of human feet

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This is worse because we've just had a bag of severed hands washing up, so are we basically just getting every body part delivered separately? In Canada, there have been over 12 severed feet washing up on shore, complete with shoes. No one knew where they were coming from!

37. Mayan human remains

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This one didn't exactly wash up on a public beach, but it was found in a coastal cave due to scientists being able to explore after ice caps melted and the cave became accessible where it wasn't before. Inside were discovered Mayan remains at around 9,000 years old!

38. Bones from the Ice Age

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Not only that, but this coastal cave revealed other secrets - and remains - too. In the Mexican coastal cave, there were also discovered a bunch of bones, which were later revealed to be bones dating back to the Ice Age! Why Mayan and Ice Age remains were together, we have no idea.

39. Thousands of jellyfish

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Now one jellyfish is bad enough if it's a dangerous one you have to watch out for - but can you imagine stumbling across thousands of jellyfish littered along the beach? Unfortunately it's just one of those natural things where the jellyfish easily get washed on shore and can't get back again.

40. A beached killer whale

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Nobody wants to see a live beached animal on the shore, and luckily for this one, rescuers actually arrived in time to save it! But stumbling across a dangerous ocean predator on the beach had to be scary for whoever first found it. It was discovered on a beach in Scotland!

41. A basking shark the size of a truck

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One thing you don't want to see when you've opted to stay out of the ocean in the first place is a massive shark on the sand in front of you. In this case, this shark - which was a basking shark the size of a truck - was actually already dead, but it must have been a fright for the person who found it!

42. A weird, twisted pile of rope

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Many things might go through your head if you stumble across a massive tangle of rope on the beach: has a boat lost it? Was someone holding onto it? Is it some weird weapon someone tried to dispose of? In this case, it wasn't even rope at all, but a type of coral known as the colorful sea whip!

43. 49 whales!

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Can you believe that not 1, but 49 whales became stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand? Imagine what that looked like! Scary to say the least. Rescuers and volunteers managed to help as many as they could - 9 sadly died after being beached, but 40 managed to get back into the water!

44. River monster

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The body of a strange river monster was found on the shore in Florida, and people were initially afraid this scary monster from the Amazon river was going to relocate! Its rotting body turned up near the Gulf of Mexico, and is one of the largest freshwater fish, making it pretty intimidating.

45. A strange moonfish!

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As majestic-looking as this colorful fish is, you wouldn't want to stumble across it on the beach! Just look at it! Known as the moonfish, this strange species weighs 100 pounds and was found on a beach in Oregon, USA. It was found 100 miles from where it was usually supposed to be!

46. A fish trapped inside a jellyfish

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Like some weird aquatic Russian Doll, this beached jellyfish was noticed on a beach in the UK, but caused a stir because it had a completely intact and undigested fish visible through its translucent shape. The fish was dead and would have been digested had the jellyfish not beached and died itself!

47. Sacks of milk powder

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You'd have to wonder what on earth was going on if you went for a nice day at the beach and saw this! This beach in New Zealand was covered in huge bags of milk powder - it later turned out they'd come from a cargo ship that had unfortunately hit a reef and spilled its cargo!

48. A whale carcass that smelled like death

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A whale carcass is bad enough - but one making the whole beach smell like death? Nightmare fuel. This dead minke whale was found on a beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but while the sight of it was scary enough, the local residents explained that it smelled so bad it was like "death in a dumpster".

49. Huge pipes

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On a beach in Norfolk, United Kingdom, early morning walkers saw random pieces of huge plastic piping lying on the shore! We hope that the sun had fully risen at that point because that must have been eerie to see a massive weird shape in half-darkness! The pipes had apparently come loose from tug boats and drifted to shore.

50. Toy eggs

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We all know that plastic on the beach is a bad enough situation at the moment, but this is something else. Thousands of colorful toy eggs washed up on a beach in Germany, and it turned out that they'd been lost from a freight container that had hit a storm. Luckily, volunteers helped with shifting the plastic eggs off the beach!