You always see it, every time you’re at the beach. There’s a guy with a metal detector, children digging everywhere, puppies looking for treasure. It never seems worth it, although they must be finding something, right? Here are 16 things you would never believe people just stumbled across at the beach.
1. Shark Teeth
Boring, right? Wrong! These amazing and rare artifacts are not only hard to come by, they actually never come from live sharks, which means they can be anywhere from thousands to millions of years old!
via Shore Lines
2. The Nuestra Señora de Atocha
A ship so loaded with treasure that it took two months to log it all before its’ departure in 1622, the Atocha sunk off the Florida keys and was lost until 1985 when Mel Fisher found the wreckage. The gold, jewelry, diamonds and indigo were valued at $450 million.
via Sons Of Thunder
The weird thing is, these rubber duckies show up by the thousands on beaches all over the world. They’ve been found in Scotland, Hawaii and Newfoundland to name a few. They are actually seriously helping scientists figure out tidal directions, which is awesome.
4. Giant Lego Man
A seriously strange find, it’s been said that these 8 foot tall, 100 pound lego men have washed up on four separate beaches around the world.
5. Airplane Wreckage
A local beach cleaner on La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean was simply looking for a rock to crush chilies with and came across pieces of wreckage that solved the mystery of missing flight MH370.
via Daily Mail
6. Hand Painted Art
We wish we had more info on these treasures, we know they were found in Morocco, and they are incredible.
7. Rocket Parts
Found on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this large piece of what authorities think is a rocket is likely from the European Union’s Galileo Satellite.
via Twitter / @CBSMiami
8. Gold Coins And Forty Feet Of Gold Chain!
A major haul, also off the coast of Florida, one million dollars worth of gold was discovered just fifteen feet below the water!
via Facebook / Queen’s Jewels
Found near Tampa Bay, Florida, this barnacle encrusted explosive is said to be a World War II era flash bomb that had been submerged off the beach for an undisclosed amount of time.
10. Sea Serpents!
The rare 13 foot Oar Fish was found on Catalina Island in California, although they can grow up to 20 feet!
11. Burrowing Clam Sculptures
Tiny mollusks that dig their way into rock can create beautiful natural sculptures like this one! Keep your eye out for amazing formations like this.
12. Sea Glass
What once started as garbage can be transformed by Mother Nature into something that is not only beautiful, but can be quite valuable.
via Atlas Obscura
13. The Golden Chalice
Diver Mike Demar was cruising around off the coast of Key West and discovered a one million dollar golden chalice, from a Spanish treasure ship that sunk in 1622.
via The Sun
14. Diamond Rings
Found in Cape Cod, this ring is appraised at almost ten thousand dollars.
15. Veteran Dog Tags
Found in Massachusetts on the beach, these lost dog tags were finally reunited with the hero soldiers’ family in 2015.
via Before It’s News
Probably, the most common thing you will find is junk, but keep looking! The treasures are out there.