The Beach Where Lego Keeps Washing Up

Perranporth Beach, in Cornwall, is famed for being the "Lego beach". The truth is more complicated. • Thanks to Tracey Williams! 📸 Lego Lost At Sea: legolostatsea or legolostatsea 📕 Her photo book ADRIFT: [aff. link]

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
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  • If you were expecting a fun story about occasional Lego finds, and instead got a horrifying story about waste plastic... so was I. Tracey's photography project and book are some of the best ecological messaging I've seen in a long time! There are links in the description.

    Tom ScottTom Scott2 månader sedan
    • If you look at this from an outside perspective, it's no different than any other animal species leaving its fingerprints on an ecosystem. Parrotfish make white sand. Worms create silk. Cows produce methane. Humans spew out plastic waste. Nature + Plastic ≠ Death of Nature. It just means that nature changes. Nature + Plastic is the future and the planet will adapt.

      Edward DeBartoloEdward DeBartolo19 dagar sedan
    • @Jacob Hornbrook z

      MrMelon LPMrMelon LP28 dagar sedan
    • you didnt notice? you for real? ignorant

      soundtrancecloudsoundtrancecloudMånad sedan
    • I did expect this story to be a mixed bag with an eye on the big picture of plastic waste, as are all responsible videos on famous container spills such as this or the rubber duckies circling the ocean. I did not expect there to be so little Lego in this bag.

      TwincastTwincastMånad sedan
    • That AI for video ideas is working :O

      TozoTozoMånad sedan
  • They're called legos.

    dabajabaza111dabajabaza11119 timmar sedan
  • I swear I thought it was a title made by the AI

    Khallil BerrekkalKhallil BerrekkalDag sedan
  • Fun fact: This video was edited before April 15 because that's when a new photo was uploaded to legolostatsea. 1:03

    Naud van DalenNaud van DalenDag sedan
  • Every Human should be assigned a day each year to clean up beaches or some other polluted places.

    HubwoodHubwood2 dagar sedan
  • omg, shave your head! what is wrong with you.

    maegap96maegap963 dagar sedan
  • Such a shame that we got people who don't seem to care about the planet and just throw waste which goes out to sea. Very sad indeed.

    Andrew JG89Andrew JG894 dagar sedan
  • Im telling my kids this is where legos come from

    Andrew SteinAndrew Stein4 dagar sedan
  • Can’t tell if Tom is 17 or 77

    Samson FPVSamson FPV5 dagar sedan
  • Idiots.

    xx xxxxx xxx6 dagar sedan
  • Capitalism side effects

    Justin BustinJustin Bustin7 dagar sedan
  • 0:00 You can see an mirage of birds floating above behind him

    DogeimationsDogeimations7 dagar sedan
  • I live in cornwall!

    alex jayalex jay7 dagar sedan
  • That made me sad.

    Hinterfragen!Hinterfragen!8 dagar sedan
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    Tammy TammyTammy Tammy8 dagar sedan
  • Claiming plastic from the beaches can be a great hobby for future generations

    Eman MEman M9 dagar sedan
  • we need to go back to using hemp for fishing nets. but i wonder... if you collect up all the plastic, where... does it go? Like there's no safe way it gets disposed of where it doesn't eventually end up back in the sea or the ground, bc landfills just bury stuff. 🤔 Genuinely wondering, not meaning to be pessimistic or discouraging.

    Spider HeartSpider Heart10 dagar sedan
  • The title would be a great slogan for a beach cleaning campaign.

    Hebah KhalidHebah Khalid10 dagar sedan
  • plastic, the new sand.

    Rain ManRain Man10 dagar sedan
  • Let me know if you find a 4x2 flat

    BlendyStickBlendyStick11 dagar sedan
  • Someone made a Lego titanic

    Swiftly SeveralSwiftly Several11 dagar sedan
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    Shields MckinneyShields Mckinney12 dagar sedan
  • Shotgun wads?

    WikiHowFrog 903WikiHowFrog 90313 dagar sedan
    • I used to live near a gun club and those people litter like crazy. On more than one occasion I found live shotgun rounds by the side of the road.

      Emma StrangeEmma Strange12 dagar sedan
  • Take the plastic away only for it to go back?

    Barnaby LeeBarnaby Lee13 dagar sedan
  • Well this was a grim outing to say the least.

    NotTheWheelNotTheWheel14 dagar sedan
  • I've nearly drowned on that beech 😀

    Harry Moody ReactionsHarry Moody Reactions14 dagar sedan
  • Over 45% of plastics in the ocean are from the fishing industry. I wonder what the percentage is, with cargo dumps....this is appalling. No wonder gen y & z are angry af.

    Steph SsSteph Ss15 dagar sedan
  • Who calls a bin bag a trash bag

    KyleKyle15 dagar sedan
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    UnsoughtDrop492UnsoughtDrop49215 dagar sedan
  • Where are we gonna take the plastic that we collect from the beach? It's gonna come back there eventually

    Silvanus DavidSilvanus David15 dagar sedan
  • Be a good idea to comb the beach with some kind of deep digging rake team or machine every so often.

    Caleb FisherCaleb Fisher16 dagar sedan
    • Perranporth was part of a study using one of those machines. But the problem is things live in the sand and the amount of wildlife that uses the tide lines for homes and feeding makes it hard to use.

      delta250adelta250a15 dagar sedan
  • 5:42 “Take a bag with you…” to then throw it away, which will mean it’ll probably end up in a landfill next to the ocean and then be back on the beach? Maybe it’s not like that in the UK, but in the USA, that is sometimes the predicament. It feels rather pointless.

    simplicitylostsimplicitylost16 dagar sedan
  • Lightbulbs, used plastic oil cans and plastic tampon things- Those were my favorite finds while in the Dry Tortugas .

    Matt ZelonkaMatt Zelonka17 dagar sedan
  • I saw somewhere recently that beach clean-ups are actually a good idea because quite a lot of rubbish does stay close to the coast so removing it does make a difference.

    Natalie HammellNatalie Hammell18 dagar sedan
  • The fish have to play with something.

    whitecliffflwhiteclifffl18 dagar sedan
  • I heard a new word today. ''Land's end''. It makes me curious why the name is still that way🤔 even after that much colonizing😅

    Rohanrajan VadivelrajRohanrajan Vadivelraj19 dagar sedan
  • Now think of all the face masks that will be washing up for the next 50 years...

    skara 42skara 4219 dagar sedan
  • If you look at this from an outside perspective, it's no different than any other animal species leaving its fingerprints on an ecosystem. Parrotfish give use white sand. Worms create silk. Cows produce methane. Humans produce plastic. Nature + Plastic ≠ Death of Nature. It just means that nature changes. Nature + Plastic is the future and the planet will adapt.

    Edward DeBartoloEdward DeBartolo19 dagar sedan
  • Damn! Went to that beach on a surfing holiday one year! I was too preoccupied with the waves! Check out the beaches in Bali though I was disgusted and amazed! Seems that Bali is in an area where so much plastic from Asia rocks up every day! I made piont of clearing it up all day long long only to go to the beach the next day and find the same amount washed up again! Biodegradable plastics need to be used! We know how to make them so "just do it" as Shia and Nike would say.

    Coconüts!Coconüts!20 dagar sedan
  • the sea shepherds near where i live do regular beach cleans that you can voulenteer at and we find nurdles here all the way on the other side of the world

    CameronCameron20 dagar sedan
  • :(

    HubertHubert20 dagar sedan
  • WTF ,that wasnt sand but nerdles? Thats explaining a lot of situations i found myself in

    No OneNo One20 dagar sedan
  • It would be great if we could invent a way to have most of this plastic be (eventually) biodegradable. The most annoying thing, is when I get something at the store that is ALREADY in a plastic package, and in checkout, they want to put it in a plastic bag!

    culwinculwin21 dag sedan
  • legos

    Harry EHarry E21 dag sedan
  • Humanity has a lot to answer for, I guess the reason we keep doing it is there is nobody we do answer to. We just consume everything at the expense anything with the care and morality of absolutely nothing.

    A D VolenteA D Volente21 dag sedan
  • Lego? it’s called legos!!!!

    Yak69Yak6921 dag sedan
  • Where were all the tampon applicators? I see loads of those on our beaches.

    yellowwoodstraveleryellowwoodstraveler22 dagar sedan
  • 30 seconds about Lego, the rest is about trash on the beach

    Mr RandomMr Random22 dagar sedan
  • But, but... take them home, put them in trash, then.... what...? In the soil under the landfill for ever or... floats right back to the sea...? ... what can we do... (mortified)

    No4murasameNo4murasame22 dagar sedan
  • This video made me depressed.

    patrickdwtspatrickdwts22 dagar sedan
  • Tempted to write my name on a small piece of plastic, put it inside a plastic ball with a gps tracker, and see if you can watch it arrive at that beach, or if it doesn't, where does it go o_o

    Jordan WeirJordan Weir22 dagar sedan
  • damn earths gonna turn into a big dump in a few hundred years. Nothing a nice tax on companies products cant solve.

    I'm the captain nowI'm the captain now22 dagar sedan
  • how convenient, a lego broom so you can clean everything up

    DictoloryDictolory22 dagar sedan
  • Horrifying. Take your litter home.

    Smote ReverserSmote Reverser22 dagar sedan
  • I hereby name this beach beach

    Depot msaDepot msa22 dagar sedan
  • At least the people in 1300 years, when all civilization has broken down, will still have some Lego to play with.

    freibierfreibier22 dagar sedan
  • this would be my place for collecting lego pieces

    M4RKU50M4RKU5023 dagar sedan
  • Free legos? Legos are expensive

    Woo SixWoo Six23 dagar sedan
  • Oh, it's much worse than that folks, much much worse. The plastic is consumed in the food chain and now its coursing through our bloodstreams ...

    Paul O'HaganPaul O'Hagan23 dagar sedan
  • Let's be honest though. Who, in 2021, thought that "The beach wehere Lego keeps washing up" was going to be a good thing?

    SuperphilippSuperphilipp23 dagar sedan
  • Kids 1980's: digging up old Coins Kids 2080's: digging up old Lego

    M. LongM. Long23 dagar sedan
  • just...clean it up. heavy machines, an oven and good is. that little bit of sand and rock is not that bad, if you burn it right

    Dr. Davenport LeeDr. Davenport Lee23 dagar sedan
  • I kept thinking the flag in the background was a bug on my phone screen

    Bean GorlBean Gorl23 dagar sedan
  • As bad as all this least some of it is washing up and being removed from the oceans...

    DaemeousDaemeous24 dagar sedan
  • One day robots will clean all this up.

    Matteus SartreMatteus Sartre24 dagar sedan
  • plastic use is one of the greatest tragedies in the world today

    danny gdanny g24 dagar sedan
  • 0:33 I find that to be quite fitting given the circumstances.

    AscertivusAscertivus24 dagar sedan
  • Seeing the rubbish on the beach makes me feel sick. Melbourne city council did an audit of the trash exiting the city's stormwater drains and they found 40+% was cigarette butts. Almost half of the drain bound trash is from one particular habit. Not only is smoking bad for the health of those who smoke but also of the local environment and those animals which make it home.

    Shannon PincombeShannon Pincombe24 dagar sedan
  • Most of the plastic in the sea comes from fishing nets... A good start would be to filter the sand on beaches.

    Lee FallLee Fall24 dagar sedan
  • All countries have unemployed people, so just set them to work, specially in countries where they get paid to do nothing. Either you pick trash, or you lose the money.

    DubiousDubious25 dagar sedan
  • The only way it will ever get better is for the manufacturers to be charged the cost of clean up. They will then create a biodegradable form of their product.

    Ian BrownIan Brown25 dagar sedan
  • I read the title and thought that will hurt to step on. Then I watched the video and was saddened by the plastic waste

    RAD RachaelRAD Rachael25 dagar sedan
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    John PeterJohn Peter25 dagar sedan
  • Tom Scott at 5:20 the clip of the giant rock with the walkway, i saw on the news that it had collapsed, im not sure if it was a different one though

    sproc01sproc0125 dagar sedan
  • If we wait there long enough, eventually we will have all the parts for a Lego Death Star

    A JA J25 dagar sedan
  • Why are you so british?

    Rikio RikioRikio Rikio26 dagar sedan
  • So this is where lego mines their blocks

    Hitori ShindaHitori Shinda26 dagar sedan
  • I want to make a video that is exactly 1 minute 9 seconds making it 69 seconds long

    Ethan ForsythEthan Forsyth26 dagar sedan
  • Welcome to a taste of the future

    GuinnessGuinness27 dagar sedan
  • Jealous!! ):

    snoop dogg dank kushsnoop dogg dank kush27 dagar sedan
  • Depressing.... we should take a giant hoover and suck up the light stuff

    SimpleAs LiamSimpleAs Liam27 dagar sedan
  • Make companies pay for recycling costs of packaging. The problem will be solved over night.

    OctamedOctamed27 dagar sedan
  • You humans should just leave earth so our race can thrive!

    Heiko WeberHeiko Weber27 dagar sedan
  • Same story in France, there is a beach in Brittany flooded with Garfield telephones since the 80's

    yasio boloyasio bolo28 dagar sedan
  • Lego blocks are damn well engineered.

    Bryan HannBryan Hann28 dagar sedan
    • Worst place to see Lago. You're mostly likely walking barefoot on the beach Didn't see that many stones

      yasio boloyasio bolo28 dagar sedan
  • Wait until those barrels with nuclear waste start turning up. It won't be those that will get colors.

    JZ's Best FriendJZ's Best Friend28 dagar sedan
  • Thans Why the ocean clean up project is So dn important

    beeldpuntXVIbeeldpuntXVI28 dagar sedan
  • As a beach comber from New JErsey, I can tell you this type of stuff is getting more and more common everywhere in the world

    Brenden CarrBrenden Carr28 dagar sedan
  • Hey, *That's My Lego Missing Piece*

    Alex WebberAlex Webber28 dagar sedan
  • I would personally clean up all of that lego and build with it if I was there

    xX_brad_XxxX_brad_Xx28 dagar sedan
  • "Maybe take a bag with you and take some plastic away." And then do what with it? Put it in the trash bin? Recycle it? I wonder how long before part of what I took away would end up right back where I had picked it up.

    Scott FanninScott Fannin28 dagar sedan
  • Many of these lego pieces werent even produced when the container sank, they can come from everywhere

    Schwarzer PantherSchwarzer Panther28 dagar sedan
  • This should be shown in every high school at some point. Really puts it in perspective.

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  • This is horrific.

    Jay WatsonJay Watson29 dagar sedan
  • What is the flag that looks like a Greek flag waving behind him?

    Aris NikolopoulosAris Nikolopoulos29 dagar sedan
    • We must act now!

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  • That's so sad...

    notmy thingnotmy thing29 dagar sedan
  • Takes bag of plastic away, throw in proper trash, is hauled to landfill that blows into the ocean.. We just need to collectively take a stand against wasteful plastic use. Most of this trash could easily be replaced with biodegradable products, somethings will probably always have to be plastic, start with plastic bags. Bring a reusable one to the grocer and lobby your local politicians to ban plastic bad manufacturing and import.

    Paul, Does things.Paul, Does things.29 dagar sedan
  • Thank you for saying Lego without an "s"

    Anchor BaitAnchor Bait29 dagar sedan