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The devices come from a shipping container that lost track in the early 80’s and is in a fault that can only be accessed when low tide.
For more than 35 years, nobody has been able to explain the reason why dozens of telephones with the face of Garfield the Cat reached the French coasts. Pieces of eyes, legs and even the whole body of the phone in the shape of the mythical character were destroyed and without explanation floating in the sea, with the consequent contamination of water due to plastic.
Now, after a long time, it has been the members of the Ar Viltansoù association, which fights for the cleanliness of the beaches, which have managed to explain this event. According to Franceinfo, the phones come from a shipping container that lost track and is in a fault that can only be accessed at low tide , very close to the Breton coast.
It was in 1980 when telephones began to be seen on the coast of Iroise in Brittany, but it was not until last year when René Morvanu, a local farmer, commented that he and his brother already knew the origin of this event and gave more details to the Asociation.
Thanks to both parties, in March of this same year an expedition was organized to find the mysterious container. Claire Simonin-Le Meur, president of Ar Vilantsoù, her team and journalists from Franceinfo, decided to descend when the tide was low on the cliffs of Plouarzel. After passing the beach and reaching some slippery rocks, they discovered the remains of the lost container.
The French media assures that right next to rusted scrap, there was an orange plastic and among the rocks the long-awaited Garfield phones . “This is the first time in our lives that we have seen it,” the anti-pollution activist told reporters.
However, although we already know what is the origin of these phones, very popular in the 80s, there are many details of the history that escape . No one knows for example where they came from or what happened to the container to make it go away.
According to the World Shipping Council (WSC), with data collected between 2008 and 2016, some 568 containers are lost at sea each year and this number rises to 1,582 if those who suffer an accident are included , causing pollution to increase.
Simonin-Le Meur says in this sense that “behind this sympathetic figure of Garfield, there is a plastic pollution that does not deteriorate in the ocean and that we will suffer again for years”. The members of Ar Viltansoù assure that “they will remain there to recover the remains of all the phones”.