For 17 years Legos have been washing ashore in England, the result of a shipping container being tossed overboard by a giant wave in 1997, putting 4.8 million Legos into the sea. Filed in the “you can’t make this stuff up category” is the delightful coincidence that the majority of the Legos were nautical themed! That’s according to Tracey Williams, founder of the Facebook page Lego Lost At Sea, who figures prominently in a BBC story about the Legos’ journey.
British kids–and adults alike–have been discovering beached Legos to great delight for almost two decades. Finding the rarer models is quite the competitive endeavor, Williams told the BBC, noting that to date she knows of only three octopuses that have been found. (She found one!) And contrary to what you’ll read in the BBC article, which says that Legos from the container have only been reported in Cornwall, the Lego Lost At Sea Facebook page today notes that Legos from the container have “also been discovered in Devon, Ireland and Wales.”