Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Stormwatching Enthusiasts Score Washed-Up Souvenirs

UCLUELET, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – T-shirts and shot glasses are common souvenirs for tourists, but “stormwatching” tourists bring home items that make a bigger splash.

Stormwatching – which is a hobby taking Ucluelet, British Columbia, by storm – is the practice of watching storms as they crash along the coast in 30-foot waves.

Stormwatching season runs October through March and tour guide Bill McIntyre says this year is more intense than ever due to harsher weather conditions.

McIntyre says storms originating from Japan, Hawaii and Alaska have “exceeded extremes” and are washing up unexpected things on shore.

Unique deep-sea fish and Japanese glass fishing balls washing up on shore have made beachcombing after a storm a regular tour activity.

McIntyre says some of the weirder items washed ashore include TV’s, chairs, light bulbs, Japanese sake bottles, and even pairs of Nike runner shoes.

McIntyre adds, “I think the items are from commercial ships, but they make good souvenirs. Beachcombers are known for keeping the items they find and trading them at swap meets and even on eBay.”

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