Garfield Phones Washed Up On French Beaches For 35 Years, But The Mystery Has Finally Been Solved

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For more than three decades, Garfield phones washed up on beaches in Western France. The origin of the novelty cartoon-cat items was a complete mystery, though, and so their presence in the area went unexplained for years. But, finally, it now appears that environmentalists have the answer to this enduring conundrum – thanks in part to a little help from a local farmer.

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The Finistère district in Brittany lies on the westernmost point of France. And beyond the land lies the Iroise Sea – a part of the Celtic Sea that itself sits within the larger Atlantic Ocean. But while the Iroise may be small, it’s also mighty. The waters there can be treacherous, in fact, meaning the sea is one of Europe’s most perilous for boats and ships.

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Part of the reason that the Iroise Sea is so rough is due to its proximity to the nearby English Channel. You see, since the Channel is shallow by comparison with the deeper Atlantic Ocean, the sharp contrast in depths between the two areas creates forceful currents in the Iroise. And water flows tend to be especially fast-moving in the areas of Goulet de Brest and Raz de Sein.

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