From giant squids to 4-ton blocks of cheese, beaches around the world have seen some incredibly weird finds. In 2018, a giant squid washed up on the shores of Tasmania, Australia, weighing over 660 pounds and measuring over 13 feet long. A 50-foot-long sperm whale washed up in the Netherlands in 2016, with its head mysteriously missing. A giant eyeball from a swordfish was discovered on a beach in Florida in 2012, while a live torpedo washed up on a UK beach in 2018. These bizarre discoveries make for fascinating stories, leaving people wondering what other strange items may wash up on their shores.
10 of the Weirdest Things Ever Found on the Beach
1. A Giant Squid
One of the weirdest things ever found on the beach was a giant squid that washed up on the shores of Tasmania, Australia in 2018. The squid was over 13 feet long and weighed over 660 pounds. Its tentacles were so long that they had to be wrapped around the body of the squid multiple times before it could be transported.
2. A Sperm Whale’s Head
In 2016, a 50-foot-long dead sperm whale washed up on a beach in the Netherlands. The weirdest part? Its head was missing. Theories suggest that the head may have been removed by a predator or may have separated from the body.
3. A Giant Eyeball
A giant eyeball was found on a beach in Florida in 2012. It was the size of a softball and belonged to a swordfish. Scientists believe that the swordfish’s eye was dislodged either by a predator or during the process of being caught.
4. A Message in a Bottle
While not necessarily weird, a message in a bottle can certainly be unexpected. In 2018, a message in a bottle was found on a beach in Australia, written by a German sailor in 1886. The message, which had traveled over 9,000 miles, was the oldest ever found.
5. A Giant Oarfish
In 2013, a massive, 18-foot-long oarfish washed up on a California beach. The oarfish is a deep-sea dweller, and sightings of it are rare, making its presence on a beach all the more surprising.
6. A Human Foot
Since 2007, over a dozen human feet have washed up on the shores of British Columbia, Canada. The eeriest part? None of the feet have been identified, making the source of the feet a mystery.
7. A 4-Ton Block of Cheese
In 2013, a 4-ton block of cheese washed up on a beach in England. The cheese, which was wrapped in black plastic, was discovered by a dog walker. The origin of the cheese is unknown.
8. A Car
In 2012, a car washed up on a beach in Ireland. The car had been in the water for some time and was covered in seaweed and barnacles. It is believed that the car had been stolen and abandoned in the water.
9. A Live Torpedo
In 2018, a live torpedo washed up on a beach in the UK. The beach was evacuated, and the bomb squad was called in to dispose of the explosive device.
10. A Mermaid’s Purse
A mermaid’s purse, also known as a skate egg case, is a weird but relatively common find on beaches. The purse is a leathery, rectangular object about the size of a wallet and contains a developing skate embryo. While not actually from a mermaid, the purse’s unique shape and texture make it a fascinating find.