Beach-combing Heaven

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In the 1940s, a Japanese fisherman lost a glass float overboard. The glass bobble joined others, making their way through the North Pacific Drift. Soon, a few floats moved into the California Current. Because of the altered course, these floats washed ashore the best beach-combing beach in the world: Malarrimo.

Major ocean currents
Major ocean currents

Photo from There it is: Baja! by Mike McMahan
Photo from There it is: Baja! by Mike McMahan

“It was as if some terrible and destructive battle had taken place off the coast. The shore was littered with planks, buckets, tree trunks, helmets, hatch covers, bits and pieces of boats and planes, and all kinds of military and medical equipment.”

Into a Desert PlaceGraham Mackintosh

Malarrimo Beach sits in a “hook” of Baja California. Currents bring anything lost at sea in the Northern Pacific, from wreckage to food rations to weaponry, to this place. There have even been reports of old bottles of whiskey becoming beached. But in recent years, the beach has seen a small increase in popularity.

Photo by Graham Mackintosh
Photo by Graham Mackintosh

An increase in popularity meant that by the early 2000s, many artifacts had already been collected. But recent visitors still find plenty on that shore (possibly more so after the 2014 tsunami). If the beach does prove unfruitful, I have it on good authority that the locals know of a nearby island that may be better. Spot the evidence in the interview with Malcolm Mitchell.

Music: Sinfonietta Op.60 – II. Andante by Leoš Janáček

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