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! 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 , different species down there because their names are now registered in the World Register of Marine Species. Around are added to the list each year.
But how many more are we missing?
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Nobody knows, but estimates range from , to over 10 million! As much as there are creatures that have so far managed to avoid contact with us, they can't escape our impact. 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. 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.
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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! Why is the facebook page covered?
I would love to see the whole journey and how far has it gone so far! 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 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.
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The object was white phosphorus from a second world war incendiary bomb. 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! Cristina DiGioia Mastro Report.
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 , to prevent it breaking apart during storms.
About containers fell off the ship and washed up on the shore, much to the excitement of local residents. The incident has gone down as a mad period that villagers will talk about for generations to come. LordOfHamy Report.
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