The Mystery Of Why Human Feet Keep Washing Ashore In The US And Canada Has Been Solved

Since August 20, 2007, an alarming number of human feet have washed up on the coasts of the Salish Sea in the US and Canada. OK, any number of human feet washing up on the shore is a little alarming, but between 2007 and 2019 there have been over 21 feet – usually still in their shoes – that have wound up being found by beachgoers completely unattached to their humans.

The first two were found within the space of a week by a young girl and a couple enjoying a walk. Both were right feet, and both were size 12.

“Both feet were decomposing, but still had flesh on them,” Vancouver Island regional coroner Rose Stanton told CBC at the time of the discovery.

Over the next few years, more feet started washing up, including a few pairs, almost always in sneakers. The story began to get media attention around the world, with some speculating that there was a serial killer on the loose or that the mafia was disposing of bodies in the classic “sleeping with the fishes” manner.

It had all the hallmarks of a classic mystery, with the question of why feet would suddenly start showing up in such numbers, or at all.

Well, sorry to burst your bubble but this was not the work of some particularly unhinged serial killer who had a particular hate for joggers. The explanation is much simpler than that: It was a change in the footwear industry.


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