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Lego bricks wash up along Welsh coastline

Posted on Tuesday, 6 January, 2015 | Comment icon 11 comments

The bricks are believed to have been dropped by a cargo ship. Image Credit: Raimond Spekking CC BY-SA 4.0
Large amounts of nautical-themed Lego bricks have been appearing on beaches for almost two decades.
The bricks are believed to have originated from the Tokio Express, a ship that in 1997 hit a rogue wave and dropped 62 cargo containers in to the sea including one that was filled with a haul of more than 4,800,000 pieces of Lego.

In a remarkable quirk of fate the bricks just happened to all belong to nautical themed sets and over the years people have been finding little dragons, flippers, spear guns, snorkels and other similar Lego pieces washing up with the tides.

Cornwall resident Tracey Williams has been cataloging the locations of each discovery on a special Facebook page with a map that provides an overall picture of where they've turned up.

"I am delighted that this has captured the imagination of people visiting our beaches," she said. "It raises awareness of the whole issue of marine debris and ocean pollution."

Some of the bricks have even turned up as far afield as Melbourne in Australia.

So far more than 13,000 spear guns, 26,600 life preservers, 4,200 octopus, 33,941 dragons and 418,000 diving flippers have all been found by eagle-eyed beachgoers.

Source: Wales Online | Comments (11)

Tags: Lego, Wales

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by TheDarkerSide on 6 January, 2015, 12:58
Foot (noun): Device used for finding lego in the dark. . Yes! And don't it bleeding hurt?
Comment icon #3 Posted by toast on 6 January, 2015, 13:27
Yes! And don't it bleeding hurt? Oh yes. And it is one of the first and best developed skills of little kids to place such devices, especially the ones with the highest foot-hurt-@!*#%& -say-rate, at places where the hit-rate (device-foot) is at the highest chance and especially at the times the lights are switched off.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 6 January, 2015, 14:54
Foot (noun): Device used for finding lego in the dark. . You should contact the Lego manufacturers and talk to them about an anti-home invasion/burglary device. They could be embedded in a mat and rolled out in any area where someone might gain entrance. Since most burglars wear shoes, you would have to make them tall enough to twist or break an ankle. A specially designed Lego club could finish the job!
Comment icon #5 Posted by 13Homerun13 on 6 January, 2015, 17:07
Oh, I'd hate to walk barefoot on that beach... Yikes.
Comment icon #6 Posted by shrooma on 6 January, 2015, 17:29
i once made a girlfriend out of lego. . I loved her to bits..... .
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sundew on 6 January, 2015, 22:24
i once made a girlfriend out of lego. . I loved her to bits..... . She sounds a bit square....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Karasu on 6 January, 2015, 22:45
She sounds a bit square.... Really?
Comment icon #9 Posted by woodsbooger on 7 January, 2015, 4:13
Foot (noun): Device used for finding lego in the dark. . Laughed out loud. i once made a girlfriend out of lego. . I loved her to bits..... . Laughed again. She sounds a bit square.... Laughed the loudest.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Zero Fox FK on 7 January, 2015, 10:27
Someone should be able to piece this mystery together.
Comment icon #11 Posted by TheDarkerSide on 7 January, 2015, 12:45
I am sure there is enough Lego in my boys bedroom to build a skyscraper. Apart from the ones that get lost in the Hoover. Oh and the ones the puppy chewed.

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