Don’t forget your flip flops, those plastic bricks can really sting.
A container loaded with millions of Lego pieces fell into the Celtic Sea in 1997, but the little plastic bits are still washing ashore all these years later. Anyone visiting the beaches of Cornwall, U.K. will likely see coloured building blocks strewn throughout the sand. Locals have even taken to collecting them – competing to find the rarest pieces on the beach.
These days, the octopuses and dragons (below) are some of the hardest to come by:
The toys ended up in the sea in 1997 after a container on the Tokio Express was hit by a massive wave, rocking the ship enough for 62 pieces of cargo to topple overboard. One of them was filled with nearly 4.8 million pieces of Lego, bound for New York.
Ironically, most of the toy pieces in the container were of an ocean-themed variety, so locals and tourists have been digging up everything from bits of seagrass, to scuba gear and miniature cutlasses.
Just keep in mind that if you visit this beach, you’ll likely spend a large part of your day digging the little plastic bits out of your foot (like we said, flip flops = vital). If you do decide to do a little collecting though, this chart should help:
And while a beach loaded with Lego bits might seem odd, they’re far from the strangest thing to ever wash ashore: