June 17, 2008


Best Foot Forward

In England, 21 dolphins washed ashore last week. In March, thousands of starfish washed ashore in another part of that same country. In Australia last summer, a giant squid washed ashore. In December, it was sea turtles in Florida - washed ashore.

In Canada, we have feet. Five feet so far, washed ashore.

National Geographic didn't come to take pictures like they did of the squid. There was no local tree hugging group gathered to try and roll the foot back out into the ocean.

I find the arrival of feet on the tide in British Columbia disturbing. I think it's more disturbing than actually finding a whole body, washed ashore. "Hey, look it's a shoe! Somebody's gonna be peeved at losing their...oh, forget it."

It's been happening for a couple of years now, and authorities can't figure out where they're coming from. Well, they're coming from people. Even I have enough authority to realize that. But they've discounted a medical dumpster, and the lack of anything other than feet throws a spanner into the works regarding bodies being dumped. Surely a head would roll up once in a while.

Several have had shoes on. They have two size twelves, but don't say if they're a match. I'm presuming not. They've described the shoes, I guess so you can look down and see if you've misplaced your foot during your last drunken pub crawl.

All I know, is that while the world is rushing to catalogue the mad rush to shore of sea creatures, the foot brigade only ever gets one of those little 1 inch mentions buried in the back of the front section of the newspapers. Canadian beach feet are the new third world bus plunges.

I'm glad they're not popping up in Niagara Falls. You just know they'd open a museum.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps in Canada we should start toe-printing instead of finger printing. Maybe it's those polygamist people trying to control their wimmin folk from running off.

June 17, 2008 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: It indicates to me we are not as important as we thought we were. So my guess is, some people are walking around on one foot. Hopscotch anyone? And how can you pick them out?

June 17, 2008 4:08 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

... and then there were six.

What the hell is going on?

June 18, 2008 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from a plane crash in 2005? How can that be - wouldn't they be too decomposed?

weird, weird, weird.

June 19, 2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the police say they are not related to any missing persons they have...hmmmmm..something very bizzare here

amw

June 19, 2008 9:35 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh, man. I remember a recent show about the small plane that went down, and the men were all related. One of the brothers spent a year, and a fortune, trying to locate the bodies.

If this really is what it's from, those poor families.

I just can't believe it's taken this long for someone to put it together, though. That plane crash was huge news, with huge follow up.

June 19, 2008 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read in the Globe that the last foot was a hoax. Someone put an animal paw in a running show and stuffed seaweed around it. Sounds like one of my sister's craft projects.

June 19, 2008 4:35 PM  

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