There is something sinister happening on the shores of a Canadian beach, as recently the 13th severed human foot has washed up over the last decade.
The latest foot was discovered just this week on Vancouver Island, and authorities are left baffled as they try to work out exactly where these grizzled limbs are coming from.
The unlucky man to find the severed foot tangled in seaweed was Mike Johns as he walked his six year old Rottweiler, Taz.
He spoke to CTV News and said: “By the looks of it, the foot was totally intact. The ankle bone still worked and the bones were attached at the base of the knee.
“It’s just a freak thing that it happened to be here,” said Johns, 56, who lives in Jordan River, a surfer’s village about 70 miles southwest of Vancouver, Canada.
After he made the horrifying discovery, Mike called the police, who have since taken the leg into custody to see if they can ascertain exactly to whom it once belonged.
Those feet that keep washing up on the beach in Canada are fucking terrifying
— alex a (@_a1xndr) December 12, 2017
I would assume serial killer. Mounties say they're not related. 13 dismembered feet washing up on the same beach? https://t.co/oIdFW1AbYK
— Annie ? (@DirtyWaterNJ444) December 12, 2017
Police are currently searching their databases to see if they can match the grizzled leg to any of the missing person cases. They have also said that foul play is not suspected at this point.
However, despite the fact that no foul play is suspected at this moment in time, that hasn’t stopped people from hopping in their fantasy machines and seeing how far they can go before the gas runs out.
Speculation has been rife as to what might have caused so many severed foots to wash up on the beaches, from those who died in natural disasters or plain and boat accidents to far more macabre notions that this is the work of a serial killer or organised crime.
Over the years, the authorities have managed to identify eight of the twelve feet that have washed up on the beach, all of which were cased in running shoes.
But according to Andy Watson from the Coroners Service of British Columbia, no suggestion of foul play has been registered because of the lack of trauma found on the severed limbs.
The more likely outcome (though no less harrowing) is that the feet have washed up on the beach after deteriorating and becoming detached from those who have died at sea or committed suicide.
But as to why these feet keep washing up on the shore, well it might have something to do with why they are all found wearing running shoes.
Running shoes tend to be made of light, hard wearing materials which help to protect the foot from decomposition and allow the feet to float on the surface before they wash up on beaches.
Watson, however, admits that he doesn’t really know why this keeps happening.
He said: “I don’t really have a succinct reason as to why [they keep appearing]. You know, you look at the sheer nature of the geography and how big the coastline is.”
So feet washing up on the beach is just a natural phenomenon ? no foul play suspected ?
— AK FortySeven (@IndicaSkies113) December 12, 2017
Joshua Constandinou, who owns the Cold Shoulder Cafe in Jordan River, about a half-mile from the site of the foot, said residents were not all that rattled by the gruesome discovery. “At the beginning, it seemed more strange, but now it happens so many times,” Mr. Constandinou said.
He said that people understood that these things, despite sounding like something out of a horror film, had their explinations in science and reason: “It makes sense to me that if a body is in the ocean and decomposes, you end up with a shoe that floats and an ankle where it would disconnect from the tibia and fibula,” Mr. Constandinou said.
“That is what they are finding on the beaches.”