When we are sailing out in the middle of nowhere, thousands of miles away from land, it is one of the most peaceful feeling in the world. We feel like we are the only ones alive. If there was a massive outbreak of disease, or World War 3 erupted, we would have no idea. We could arrive back several weeks later to find empty cities. We do truly feel like we are alone. It’s a great feeling. That’s why it is so disappointing that in these places, so far from everyone, we find far too many reminders that the human race is around. Yes, rubbish! We’ll be cruising along and bobbing in the distance will be something that someone felt didn’t need to be disposed of properly. We’ve seen it all. Here are some of the weird rubbish we have found at sea over the years.
This isn’t that weird to a boater. In fact it is a nightmare. Sea containers sometimes get lost at sea by either falling off a boat (here’s an example) or in a shipwreck. If they all just sunk to the bottom of the ocean, that would be fantastic, but for some reason they seem to like to float just below the surface. We have had a couple of close encounters in our time. Fortunately we haven’t been hit. You could imagine what damage a sea container could make!
When we first saw it we thought it might be a boat, but as we got closer it became clear that it was only a blowup mattress. I’m not even sure why they threw it out. Still looked like it was holding air to me!
A Message in a Bottle
It’s true, they do exist. We found a 2 liter coke bottle floating in the calm seas of the Caribbean. It had a message in it along with an American one dollar note. Unfortunately the message couldn’t be read (I think maybe the sun got to it). So if someone in the Caribbean dropped a bottle in the ocean, maybe it was us that found it.
One day we were cruising along and what would drift by, but a empty bottle of protein powder. It even still had some in it. Maybe the guy thought it would be good to have some before a beach work out and the tide came in and washed it away.
Yes, I think we found Wilson! He wasn’t in very good shape either.
A Rubber Ducky
I guess you could call the ocean a really big bath. This guy actually was in pretty good nick as he floated by. Maybe someone thought he made a good float for their fishing line? I thought it was unusual, but we aren’t the only ones who have found one. Weather.com had it in their strangest 12 things that washed up on the beach.
Well they say the ocean is the worlds biggest toilet. I guess we found where you are meant to sit!
Obviously someone who had had one too many beers after working construction all day and decided to give his helmet a heave into the water. He had his name written on the inside, so James Wright, we’ve got your helmet. Can you please come pick it up.
While this post is for a bit of a laugh, it does frustrate us that people think the ocean is just a dump. We are glad that it isn’t everywhere, but we are happy we are out here now before it gets even worse. Anyone reading this, please take your rubbish with you!