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    I'm curious what other people have found while hiking along beaches. Throughout my life I've found or been with people who found fishing floats, an empty beer keg, a scattered shipment of sandals, a few handblown Japanese fishing floats, a fake machine-blown Japanese float, and miscellaneous American & Asian garbage. (The vast majority has been Asian garbage, actually.) Found a few messages in bottles too - one legitimate message sent by a highschool student as part of a science project, one advertizing the local JW church, and one wine-soaked message sent by a guy who was supposedly being held prisoner at The Hole in the Wall bar in Ketchikan.

    The most lucrative find was probably a beached boat with a nickel-plated .22 automatic in the bilge. After calling in the boat's ID#, it turned out to have been reported lost by a Coastguardsman. My dad had made the find, and the boat owner let my dad keep the gun. It still worked perfectly.

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    Moderator kingfisherktn's Avatar
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    Most of the type of stuff you listed + whale bones, a Russian bug sray can, and probably my most unusual find an aluminum hand truck with pnuematic tires-must have washed off a boat and floated in to the high tide line.


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    Some fossilized mastadon ivory, jade, shark teeth, glass floats, a survival suit drenched in diesel that had been cut off, and a dead lion.


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