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Unusual beach finds: Thousands of pink bottles on Cornish beach

Unusual beach finds: Thousands of pink bottles on Cornish beach

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:23am 13th March 2020.

Thousands of neon pink detergent bottles that washed up on a beach in Cornwall are named among the most unusual finds on the UK coastline.

The National Trust has released a list of the top 25 most unusual beach finds across the country.

In at number four on the list is the pink bottles that covered Poldhu beach on the Lizard Peninsula back in January 2016.

When it happened the public was advised to keep children and dogs away, in case they were harmful.

The Council and partners including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Natural England were drafted in to monitor the situation and a string of clean-ups were organised.

Also on the National Trust's list of weird finds, nautical-themed Lego from a 1994 spill at Land's End and parts of an old cooking range from 1900s cottages on the Roseland Peninsula.

The organisation says it is fascinating to hear how far things can travel in the ocean.

But coastal and marine specialist Phil Dyke says it also reminds us of the wider problem of pollution.

"From Cornwall there were thousands and thousands of neon pink detergent bottles that washed up on the Lizard Peninsula.

"It was almost like an art installation on the beach.

"The initial concern was actually what the contents was, but they turned out to be a fairly harmless detergent which had mostly escaped into the sea, being diluted.

"Marine litter poses a real threat to marine life, animals getting tangled up in discarded fishing gear and plastic bags being ingested.

"In addition all the large plastics that we see going into the marine environment degrade over time and become micro plastics, which are then very easily ingested."

Phil Dyke, The National Trust

National Trust's top 20 most unusual beach finds:

  1. Fly spray from Russia - Orford Ness, Suffolk
  2. Council bin from Peterborough - Blakeney Point, Norfolk
  3. Remains of a 1980s picnic - Formby, Merseyside
  4. Thousands of neon pink detergent bottles - Lizard, Cornwall
  5. Nautical-themed Lego from a 1994 spill at Land's End - Whitehaven coast, Cumbria, and beaches in Devon and Cornwall
  6. BMW parts, dog biscuits and oil-covered Mars bars from the MSC Napoli grounding - Branscombe Beach, Devon
  7. 19th, 20th and 21st century shoes - Orford Ness, Suffolk
  8. Canadian research buoy, still recording temperatures and sending data via satellite - White Park Bay, Northern Ireland
  9. Sonar equipment from Texas - Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
  10. Plastic debris covered in goose barnacles, likely from the Caribbean - Brownsea Island, Dorset
  11. Piles of broccoli and carrots - Formby, Merseyside
  12. Rice cakes, buckets and loose apples - Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
  13. Parts of an old cooking range from 1900s cottages - Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall
  14. Aerosol can from Saudi Arabia - Orford Ness, Suffolk
  15. 1976 "Claws" crisp packet - Formby, Merseyside
  16. Tiny plastic soldiers - Whitehaven coast, Cumbria
  17. Rowntree's Smarties lids from pre-1988, when the confection was sold to Nestle - Whitehaven coast, Cumbria
  18. Bottle of rum from post-Prohibition America - Formby, Liverpool
  19. Mercedes C111 1970s bottle opener - Formby, Liverpool
  20. 26 helium balloons - Orford Ness, Suffolk

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