Fishing gear debris, photo/NOAA.

Fishing gear debris, photo/NOAA. Rosemary Hill combs the beaches of County Kerry, Ireland, discovering sea glass, pottery, driftwood and bleached bones. She also picks up lots of plastic and foam — broken toy soldiers and animals, snowmobile runners, furry slippers and fishing line. And, she finds many lobster buoys that once floated in the waters off of Friendship and Owls Head, or Cape Ann, Massachusetts, or Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

“You never know what you are going to find,” she said, in a telephone conversation between Camden and her home in Waterville, Ireland, on a cold February afternoon. “I have come across coconuts that have drifted in. There is this a sense of wonder and you just don’t know what you will find next.”

Read more about the items that float from Maine to Ireland.


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