All of the strange things I have seen in the water were discovered in Alaska, on our honeymoon the day we went kayaking. This activity was not my first choice or even my last, but the dude was so enthusiastic about the trip that I sucked it up. Also, I was promised we wouldn't kayak in the ocean (just protected areas) so I wouldn't have to worry about rolling over.
So there I am in our little protected area paddling around not loving it when I notice these orange jellyfish. Orange, big as dinner plates, jellyfish. Like this:
|Lion's Mane Jellyfish, photo by Eaglestein|
|bull kelp, photo by Avenue|
After an excruciating hour, our guide calls us together; he wants to take us to this little spit of land for lunch. It's on the other side of this outcropping here. We'll just scoot out into the ocean and... I thought I had made it clear, no ocean, but I was completely overruled. I must have had the brave face on because the dude really thinks I am having fun. I nearly freak out* as we enter the ocean which is unrepentantly wavy.
Soon we are sitting on our little spit of land, with a fire built so we can roast hot dogs on a stick. Those were some awesome hot dogs, highlight of the trip. Our guide needs to go check on something for someone, and will be back in one hour. (Seriously, everyone in remote Alaska asks favors of anyone going even sort of near something. "Oh, you're going to be in that area? You'll only be 30 minutes by kayak from my hunting lodge, can you make sure that big storm we had didn't do any real damage?" And the crazy thing is, the guy going out 30 minutes by kayak from the lodge will take that hour round trip and check on the lodge. Okay, it's not crazy...it's wonderfully
Our explorations didn't take very long, given that our spit was about eight feet wide. We found bits of children's toys, empty bottles of booze with Japanese writing on them, and other detritus. So there you have it, all the weird shit I've seen in the water. Funny that the weirdest stuff is natural.
*Lest you think I was being tortured, it was for five minutes, tops.