Hundreds of coolers are washing up on the Alaskan coast after a cargo ship lost cargo last year.
People are looking for high-end coolers, and one collector found 19 along the coast.
Yeti-brand coolers retail for up to $750; it is unknown how many remain in the ocean.
After the Cargo ship Zim Kingston Shipping containers spilled in rough seas last October, Alaskan coastal residents are finding remnants of their lost cargo along the coast, primarily high-end Yeti-brand refrigerators.
Hundreds of the luxury coolers, ranging from $250 to $750 each, have been hitting the beaches with moderate wear on the outside, but in near mint condition on the inside. The Wall Street Journal reported.
“We began hearing reports that some of these coolers ended up on the shores of Alaska, Seattle and beyond late last year when fans posted their findings on social media,” said Matt Reintjes, Yeti President and CEO. The Wall Street Journaladding that the company lost approximately 1,600 coolers of the zim kingston transportation.
The unusual debris from the beach has caught the attention of locals, some of whom have made it a hobby to hunt for treasure along Alaska’s 6,640-mile coastline. A resident said The Wall Street Journal he had found 19 Yeti coolers and four others from different brands while searching.
“The Yetis are still out there,” said oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who studies how ocean debris travels in currents. The Wall Street Journal.
“Refrigerators will continue to go around the world. You’ll get reports of people finding Yetis for the next 30 years.”
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