Controversy Sparks As Mystery Object Washes Ashore

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Credits: Benjamin Elliott/ Unsplash
  • The eagle-eyed local who first spotted the object contacted the local authorities, and the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team for investigation.
  • The rubber bales were on a German ship that was sunk by the United States off the coast of Brazil in January 1944 during World War II. 
  • Several readers commented to let The Packet know what they think it is. One user wrote “Ambergris?”

An unidentified floating object washed ashore at Castle Beach, Tinners Walk, Falmouth, United Kingdom last week. 

The investigation

The eagle-eyed local who first spotted the object contacted the local authorities, and the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team showed up to investigate.

As reported by The Packet, the identity of the mysterious object has not been confirmed, but the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team thinks they know what it is. 

They just haven’t revealed their suspicions yet.

Reaction of people

Several readers commented to let The Packet know what they think it is. One user wrote “Ambergris?” FalmouthRob.

“Found the same thing on a beach in north Devon on the 20/11/22. Weird texture, we thought maybe it was ballast?” George Davies.

One reader didn’t post a guess but suggested a way the mystery may be solved instead. “There are Apps available online to download, which can identify objects from an uploaded image, maybe one of those could possibly help,” said Gilly Zella Martin.

Possible Theories

The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team posted the following statement on their official Facebook page:

“Everyone loves a mystery washed up object! This afternoon we were called to an ‘unknown’ object washed ashore at Castle Beach, Falmouth Team members attended, investigated and removed said object to a safe place for collection by the local authority. 

We ‘think’ we know what it was, but does anyone have any ideas? Answers in the comments below.”

Facebook users were quick to provide multiple theories for the object and/or its origin. 

From ambergris (i.e. whale vomit) and burnt wood to a mammoth tooth, cordite, and whale blubber, there was no shortage of guesses. Only one of them can be correct.

Rubber bales

“For my money, I’m going with the rubber bale theory.”

It seems that rubber bales from a WWII-era sunken ship have been washing ashore since 2020, and they look remarkably similar to the mysterious object found in Falmouth.

The rubber bales were on a German ship that was sunk by the United States off the coast of Brazil in January 1944 during World War II. 

According to Padre Island National Seashore: “In January 1944, the SS Rio Grande, a German blockade runner, was carrying tin, copper, cobalt and crude rubber bales.

She was spotted by the USS Omaha (a cruiser) and USS Jouett (a destroyer) off the coast of Brazil. 

Realizing that they had been spotted, the crew of the Rio Grande abandoned the ship and its cargo after purposely trying to sink (i.e. scuttle) it. 

The Omaha and Jouett fired on the Rio Grande until it sank, sending all its cargo to the ocean bottom where it was resting until recently.”

Check out the pictures of the object found in Falmouth below, and then compare it to the final photo showing one of the rubber bales from the SS Rio Grande.

Credits: Cornwall Live

In the above photo, a member of the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team poses beside the mysterious object that washed ashore at Castle Beach, Tinners Walk, Falmouth, United Kingdom.

Credits: Cornwall Live

In the above photo, you can see the unusual texture of the object.

Credits: Norway English

Another close-up of the object shows more detail.

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