Daily Archives: January 25, 2012

Odd Finds In The Florida Beach Sand

Ocean’s mysteries litter South Florida beaches.  Sun Sentinel.  Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Trash cleaners turned occasional treasure finders.  Kind of.  More like the finding the occasional oddity in what gets dredged up by Caterpillar Challenger tractors.   

Keeps things interesting at work.

A cow’s head. Lots of truck tires and shattered wooden pallets. Fresh fruit. Even, rarely, human remains.

…a device that looked like a bomb. “It turned out to be a box from a weather balloon,…”

…cell phones left in the sand.

…a cow’s head — likely used as bait for fish or crabs

…hammerhead sharks entangled in fishing line, a bale of marijuana, an inert Navy training missile and a run-aground Haitian fishing boat carrying 80 migrants, two of whom were dead.

…tiny pieces of plastic…

Bouquets of long-stemmed roses, empty tonic bottles from Costa Rica, a pair of rubber boots.

…300 tons of seaweed, which is moved from the bucket of the Surf Rake into a dump truck and then hauled to a site where it is composted.  …used in landscaping saves the city up to $180,000 a year in dumping fees and planting costs…

No mention of any treasure chests filled with pirated loot from the high seas.