Beaches may be littered with odd marine creatures. Even Lego bricks can move. What is this? That’s possible. A sinister-looking, sand-caked doll covered in barnacles may be yours in Texas, as well.
A group of researchers from the Gulf Coast’s Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve has a practise of collecting eerie beach toys. A doll with gooseneck barnacles sprouting from its eye is the newest in this series. The finding of the doll was documented in a video uploaded this week by Mission Aransas NERR. “That’s a lot of work. The spooky-looking doll.. There are a lot of weirdos out there like this, as far as I’m aware “Jace Tunnell, the reserve director, is heard saying as much in the film. “It’s something that comes up often.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funds the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in charge of the reserve. Beaches around the reserve are monitored by reserve employees for wildlife and marine debris. Stingrays, pufferfish, prawns, bottles, and plastic pellets are common sights in beachcombing footage.
While conducting scientific research, “the dolls are a bonus,” Tunnell said in an interview with McClatchy News on Wednesday. One of the first he came across was the bald head of a sex doll, which he praised.
Late October 2021 showed some of the creepiest dolls, including one with algae in its hair and another with a skull painted on its breast, in a film.
Even spooky dolls want affection from their owners. Once or twice a year or so, the reserve offers the opportunity for the public to purchase a washed-up beach doll from the collection. The next trash-to-treasure auction is expected to take place in the first half of 2024. Don’t call it Chucky if you purchase one.
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