Mysterious Lego pieces continue to wash ashore in England after 17 years

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-22 16:40:27-04

CORNWALL, ENGLAND (PIX11) — Lego pieces have been mysteriously washing up on the beaches of Cornwall for the past 17 years.

The plastic pieces originated from a shipping container headed to New York that held close to 5-million Legos.

According to The BBC,  the Lego container was tossed into the sea when the Tokio Express, the ship carrying the toys, was hit by a massive wave.

The captain recalls the container ship rocking 60 degrees one way and 40 degrees in the opposite direction. He described the incident as a “once in a 100-year phenomenon.”

BBC reports that 62 containers were swallowed by the abyss as a result of the wave, which hit 20 miles offshore.

Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer has been tracking the story of the washed up Legos since the 1997 spill.

Ebbesmeyer says the Legos could have drifted 62,000 miles since then — meaning the pieces could have landed on any beach in the world.

Many of the Legos that continue to be found are ironically nautical-themed.

Tracey Williams maintains a Facebook page dedicated to her Lego findings along the shore.

Williams posts submissions from people who find the Legos.