The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

2014 / Europe / non research

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

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21 July 2014 Last updated at 00:12 GMT

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

By Mario Cacciottolo
BBC News Magazine

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off
Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean,
they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight
into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.

"Let me see if I can find a cutlass," says Tracey Williams, poking
around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick.

She doesn't manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy
on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its
age, seeing as it is 17 years old.

It is one of 353,264 plastic daisies dropped into the sea on 13 February
1997, when the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave described
by its captain as a "once in a 100-year phenomenon", tilting the ship 60
degrees one way, then 40 degrees back.

As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard about 20 miles off Land's
End - and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound
for New York.

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