Myrtle Beach Trash Bin Washes Ashore in Ireland

by Courtney Blackann

It’s not quite a message in a bottle, however, it’s just as interesting. Apparently, a trash bin from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ended up on the shore in Ireland. Talk about a long journey. The bin traveled more than 3,500 miles when it was discovered.

According to Myrtle Beach officials, a man named Keith McGreal made the discovery in Mulranny Beach on the west coast of Ireland. He contacted the city and in turn, the city released the information on a Facebook post.

“That’s an amazing voyage for a trash barrel, although we’d prefer that it stayed put on our beach, rather than gallivanting all over the world via the Gulf Stream,” the city wrote, via News 13 of Myrtle Beach.

“I wanted to share some images of a blue trash barrel that has washed up on our local beach on the west coast of Ireland, Mulranny, County Mayo. We spotted the stickers and thought it would make a good news story. Amazing to think it travelled all the way across the Atlantic, over 5500 km away,” Greal said in an email to the city.

City Responds to Man’s Findings

The city then posted his email in their Facebook post. In response, the city had the following message for the man:

“I don’t think it’s possible to tell when it went missing, but it probably was during a wind or storm event. We typically remove trash containers from the beach before a hurricane, but this one apparently had a mind of its own. We’ve already had a city employee volunteer to come fetch it. (Smile) Thanks again for sharing. Please recycle our wayward traveling can. And, come see us next time you’re on this side of the pond. Slán leat!”

The amazing story eventually made its way to the local news, who shared the Facebook post and the tale of the traveling trash bin.

Thousands of Sand Dollars Wash Ashore in Oregon

In another unusual incident, Oregon beachgoers were perplexed to find thousands of sand dollars along the shore of Seaside Beach.

While it’s not uncommon to find sand dollars along the coast line, the amount of them found in late August stumped officials of the Seaside Aquarium.

Officials believe the high tides must have brought them in. Though it’s unclear why the sand dollars didn’t bury themselves on the ocean floor.

Additionally, aquarium researchers shared an image to Facebook with an explanation.

“At this time, we do not know what has caused this, and these types of incidents usually have several contributing factors. We are also unaware if this is an isolated incident or if this is happing on other beaches.”