It’s a macabre phenomenon – dozens of sneakers wash up on the shores of North America with severed feet. A doctor explains what is behind these gruesome discoveries.
It’s not for the faint of heart. Anyone who is sensitive should be warned. In the past few years, sneakers have been washed up repeatedly – with human feet. Wild theories are circulating about these gruesome discoveries. Brutal serial killers, the mafia and aliens were suspected to be behind it. A doctor on TikTok has now looked into this dark topic as well.
Macabre finds – severed feet with sneakers washed up on the beach
As of August 2007, 21 sneakers with severed feet have been found on the shores of the Salish Sea between the United States and Canada. On August 20, 2007, a twelve-year-old discovered a blue and white running shoe – size 12 – on the beach on Jedediah Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. According to media reports, the girl discovered a human foot in the sock. Six days later, a couple spotted a size 12 sneaker with one foot on the beach on a Vancouver island. The two feet obviously did not belong to the same person. The shoes were different and each had the right foot in them. Since then, 13 human feet have been found on the coast in British Columbia alone.
The latest find was made on New Year’s Day 2019, reports the British Mirror. Beachgoers discovered a foot in a boot on Jetty Island near Everett, Washington. This time the foot was stuck in a boot.
Many suspected a dark secret behind these macabre finds. Some were convinced that a serial killer with a foot fetish or even the mafia was behind it. Dr. Karan Raj otherwise supplies his around four million TikTok followers with videos on medical topics. The doctor now has a simpler explanation for the human foot finds. The finds are therefore partly due to the human anatomy and partly to the shoe design.
Doctor explains on TikTok what it’s all about with your feet in sneakers
“If a human corpse falls on the ocean floor, it is quickly attacked by scavengers,” said Raj on the TikTok video. “These scavengers are lazy eaters,” which is why they preferred the “soft parts” of the human body.
Tissues and ligaments around the ankles are some of the softest parts of the human body, the doctor explains. And further: “If scavengers eat it, the foot will separate from the rest of the body pretty quickly.”
Why are sneakers on the washed-up feet?
Why, of all things, are most feet washed up on the coast in sneakers? According to Dr. Raj has this to do with the “changes in shoe design”. As a result, the shoes “got more buoyancy” over the past few years.
If maritime scavengers separate their feet from the body with sneakers, drive a modern pair of sneakers from the seabed and would eventually wash up on the coast. This statement by Dr. But not Raj. Forensic examinations were according to the Canadian news portal CBC came to the same conclusions. According to this, the severed feet are the result of a normal decomposition process under water. “We haven’t had a single case where the feet have been severed mechanically or not naturally,” a coroner told CBC. The feet would be separated from the rest of the corpse when they rot. Instead of sinking, the foot, wrapped in the shoe, would swim and be carried away by the ocean current until it either disintegrated or washed up on a beach. The shoes would also protect the feet from the decomposition process.
Why are so many sneakers washed up on these beaches?
That National Geographic magazine investigated the question of why feet wash up in sneakers on the coast of the Salish Sea. Marine scientist Parker MacCready has an important key to this University of Washington found in Seattle. Accordingly, this has to do with the special flow conditions in the marine area, as Parker MacCready found out with a computer model. The Salish Sea is acting like a trap. If something falls into the water, it will wash ashore in many places, but still in this unusually large area. In addition, westerly winds would prevail, driving things from the sea to the coast.
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