Hello, lovelies! Welcome to the blog where Rebecca purposefully made Tiffany uncomfortable and avenged Ashley! Below you will find Rebecca’s notes and related images.
The Salish Sea Souls
Starting in 2007, feet have been washing up on the British Columbia coastline. Since the initial foot:
- 15 feet total
- 7 individual feet
- 4 Sets
Besides their location, all feet have been found inside their shoe, some from the ankle down while others would have the tibia or fibula still attached
Why feet though? It’s theorized that it’s due to how the body naturally decomposes (the ankle is a weak connection compared to the rest of the foot/lower leg), paired with the fact that the shoes protect the feet from the elements and wildlife.
Theories range from a serial killer with a unique calling card to Lower Mainland gangs. All of these theories would lead you down an impressive youtube rabbit hole.
The actual answer is a lot less exciting. 10/15 of the feet that have been found have been linked to accidental deaths.
Andy Watson, a spokesman with the British Columbia Coroners Service said: “We don’t see any indication that there is any suspicion of foul play. Sometimes they are natural deaths, or suicides, or accidental deaths (like a fall).”
This portion of British Columbia is not the only portion of the Pacific Northwest where feet like to wash up, it’s also not the only place in the world that seems to be a magnet for loose remains.
BuT wHy HaVeN’t We SeEn FeEt BeFoRe 2007?!
Simple. The rise of popularity in air pockets and foam used in popular running shoes. This doesn’t explain one foot, which dated back to 1985 and showed up in a boot, but that’s still not enough to give the conspiracies a foothold.
|Foot 1||Aug 2007||Left||Jedidiah Island||Missing person, 2004Male|
|Foot 2||Aug 2007||Right||Gabriola Island||Missing person, 2006Male|
|Foot 3||Feb 2008||Right||Valdez Island||Missing person, 2006MaleLinked to #5|
|Foot 4||May 2008||Right||Fraser River, near Richmond||Missing person, 2004FemaleLinked to #6|
|Foot 5||June 2008||Left||Fraser River||Linked to #3|
|Foot 6||Nov 2008||Left||Kirkland Island||Linked to #4|
|Foot 7||Oct 2009||Right||Fraser River, near Richmond||Missing person, 2008Male|
|Foot 8||Aug 2011||Left||False Creek, Vancouver||Unidentified maleLinked to #10|
|Foot 9||Nov 2011||Right||Sasamat Lake, Port Moody||DNA linked to male missing persons from 1985Boot|
|Foot 10||Oct 2012||Right||False Creek, Vancouver||Linked to 8|
|Foot 11||Feb 2016||Left||Botanical Beach||Linked to 12|
|Foot 12||Feb 2016||Right||Botanical Beach||Linked to 11|
|Foot 13||Dec 2017||Left||Near Jordan River||DNA linked to male who went missing Sept 2017|
|Foot 14||May 2018||Right||Gabriola Island||DNA link to male who went missing early 2018|
|Foot 15||Sept 2018||Left||West Vancouver||N/ASize: 9.5Male, <50 Years|
The Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, also known as the Colossal Squid, were first discovered in 1925 when two arms were found inside the stomach of a sperm whale in is the largest cephalopod to date
Deep-Sea Gigantism: Cause is uknown
- It’s not just squid (see Japanese Spider Crab)
- More common towards the poles i.e. colder waters, Cause is generally unknown
- Bergmann’s rule (temperature): larger animals have less surface area relative to volume, so they radiate less heat based on their mass and stay warmer in colder climates
- Kleiber’s law: Massive animals generally have lower metabolic rates and need less high-quality food to survive
- Other theories expound upon whether the animal’s giant size help the organism resists high amounts of pressure (like on the bottom of the ocean)
- We’ll never know… today
Their elusive nature makes them very difficult to study, that, coupled with the fact that they’re a deep water species, prefered depths of around 1,000m (0.62 miles or 3280.84 ft) near Antarctica, means we know very little about this creature.
The specimens that have been seen are believed to be juveniles who will venture into shallower waters, it’s these juveniles that have been found eating fish from the hooks of fishermen (think… commercial size, not the one you have in your garage)
Due to the elusiveness of the adults, their adult size is not truly known, but it is believed females are typically larger of the and that adults could reach lengths of 46ft and weights of 1100lbs.
Eyeballs have a 25cm diameter (9.84 inches) and they have hooks on their suction cups
While beaks with a lower rostal length (LRL, length of the straight cutting section of the lower beak) is not directly proportional to a squid’s size, the largest found equaled 49mm (just under two inches)
Perspective: a squid weighing roughly 352 lbs had an LRL of 40mm, while another that weighed 1,091 lbs had an LRL of 42.5 mm
Despite its size, it’s not believed that this creature is as aggressive as how its been depicted in illustrations. The colossal squid, having a rather slow metabolism, prefers to just chill until prey happens to swim by within reach.
Despite being a super chill mega-beast, the sperm whale (77,000 – 130,000 lbs and ~40ft in length) will actively hunt this creature. Quite a bit of what’s currently known about the colossal squid comes from sperm whale being found with wounds inflicted by the squid and what has been found in the whale’s tummy
FUN FACT: while researching I came across videos with “unidentified ocean sounds” and I was NOT impressed with the astute attention my cats gave to the sound (Video Here)
Baltic Sea Anomaly
It’s believed that less than 5% of the ocean floor has been explored, with only two missions sent to the ocean floor (one in 1960 and one in 2012, thanks to James Cameron)
In June 2011, a sonar image was taken of the bottom of the Baltic Sea by the Ocean X team from Sweden during an investigation to find two Swedish merchant ships that were sunk by Nazis in WWII
About the Baltic Sea:
- Located in northern Europe (between Sweden, Finland, Poland… not touching the country where Frozen took place, but close)
- Max Depth 1506 ft
- 145,561 miles^2 (or… 37,700,126 hectares)
- Average temperature of 7.1C (44.8F) dropping to
Ocean X is a team that is focused on finding sunken treasure, one of their finds being the schooner, Jönköping, in 1997, where 2,400 bottles of champagne from 1907 were recovered and then sold at astronomical prices (one website found had two bottles, one listed for $3,646, the other for $4,050)
This image was low resolution, but looked out of place on the ocean floor, 300ft below…. And kind of like a flying saucer 180ft in diameter (some say 60 ft in diameter)
It’s reported that divers and surface crew who tried to get closer experienced “electrical malfunctions”
There has been MUCH criticism regarding the image quality, which not only doesn’t help in identifying the image but also decreases the validity of the find
Initial hope was that the Batlic Anomaly was a sunken UFO or a leftover piece of WWII Nazi technology/building
Regarding the UFO sightings… When aliens are not spending time in the Nevada desert they are known to vacation over the Baltic
A mysterious silver disc was seen flying for nearly one hour above the Blue Lakes (near Kaliningrad) on July 27, 2008
During WWII, the Baltic Sea created a natural barrier between the Soviet Union, Scandinavia, and the Axis Powers.
Naturally, warfare ensued, with mines being placed in the sea and the Nazis trying to keep their source of iron ore (Imported from Sweden)
It’s during this time it’s believed the Germans created undergrounds structures with the purpose of scrambling enemy communication and defuse mines
Makes sense why electrical equipment stopped working within 200ft of the anomaly
Rocks from the area were sent to be analyzed and, while the rocks were not from the area, glacial drifts are the most likely explanation. And the team has yet to gather enough funds to explorer further to determine if something man-made lies just beneath the surface
Still… the image looks and awful like the Millenium Falcon