Have you ever lost something in the ocean?
A wedding ring, your trunks or, if you’re like me, your dignity when you paddle out in a big swell only to paddle in without catching a wave? Considering the ocean’s vastness, I’d say most things lost never return (unless they’re found by one of those nutters who scour the shore with a metal detector), but recently one item did miraculously return.
In 2017, while surfing 20 clicks off the Tasmanian coast, Danny Griffiths lost his favourite tow board after getting blown up on a set. Considering pro surfers have more boards than the LNP have corrupt ministers, Danny wasn’t overly worried. Sometime in 2019, however, Danny’s tow board was picked up by two fishermen off the coast of Queensland. That’s right, Queensland, the state 2,700 kilometres north of Tassie. After two years hanging on one of the fisherman’s garage wall, the board and Danny have been reunited, after the fishermen’s parents spoke of their son’s finding a board on their recent Tassie trip, reputedly in good enough nick to be surfed.
Here aew six more instances of things (and a human) being washed ashore.
A Fisherman Who Returned After 438 Days
No this isn’t a Hollywood flick or a story about a bloke who tried to leave his family with a ‘gone fishin’ sticker. Mexico’s Salvador Alvarenga went fishing one day in late November 2012, got caught in a storm and signalled SOS. Early 2014, he washed ashore on one of the Marshall Islands, a small 6,700 miles from the home he left 438 days earlier. Unfortunately, his crewmate, Ezequiel Córdoba, died on the trip, but by some miracle, Salvador endured starvation and lunacy to endure the longest period anyone has ever been literally lost at sea.
It’s worth reading the full story here.
A 20kg Brick of Cocaine
While this one was certainly lost, I can’t really imagine anyone fessing up to losing it… or if they’re even alive to admit it. Losing a bag on a Friday night might bum out your coke-fiend friends, but I imagine losing a powder brick worth $7 million might cost you more than an apology. The Australian Federal Police believe it was part of a 600kg cocaine shipment seized off the coast of Byron Bay months prior. While it’s the first time this has happened on Australia’s East Coast, if you’re hunting a brick for yourself, it might be worth taking a trip to the Fijian islands where floating bricks of sniff are a dime a dozen!
A 2.5 Metre Lego Man
Now, after doing some digging, it appears as if this giant Lego man hasn’t actually washed ashore—it has appeared on beaches in the Netherlands, UK, Japan, California, and Florida since 2007. Regardless, it makes for nice clickbait and is therefore a worthy inclusion in this hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism.
The Pasha Bulker
Alright, now this thing was certainly never ‘lost,’ but it washed ashore in a big way and therefore makes up for only meeting half the criteria. In June 2007, during a mental week of storms, Newcastle had its biggest event since the Knights won the NRL Final. A coal ship, known as the Pasha Bulker, washed ashore onto Nobby’s beach. All 22 crew were rescued by a helicopter, but the ship remained a sightseeing must for Novocastrians for another 25 days until it was dragged out to sea. Rumour has it that the local dragging community is still gutted this image of Dallas Singer is doctored.
27 Pairs of Severed Hands
If you are one of those aforementioned folk who search the shore with a metal detector, you’d be ecstatic to find a solid gold wedding ring. It might, however, be a bit of a dampener if it was attached to a severed hand in a bag with 53 others. Now, this isn’t how these hands were found in Siberia, but yeah, somehow, someone found a bag of 27 severed hands on Amur River island. According to The Siberian Times ‘locals did not notice anything suspicious so I guess everyone can just continue on their merry way.
28,000 Rubber Ducks
Was that last one a little twisted? Sorry. To get your mind off it, I’ll leave you with the time 28,000 rubber duckies washed up on the shore around the world. In 1992, a container brimming with the bath toy came off a ship somewhere between Hong Kong in the U.S. From then until 2007, thousands of the floaties have washed ashore in Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, and some Arctic ice. The ones that haven’t washed up yet have probably just ended up killing a few hundred dolphins and seals. Oh, sorry, I forgot I was meant to be ending on a lighter note.