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A lawn mower, a human tooth in a box, fire extinguishers and a cheese grater – you probably wouldn’t expect to find these on the beach, but they washed up down the Shore.

Every year, Clean Ocean Action hosts beach sweeps where volunteers pick up trash along New Jersey beaches – and they find some wild stuff. This year was no different, with a birdcage, scarecrow, tarot card, a Chinese newspaper and a saw blade also joining the ranks of bizarre beach finds that are documented in the organization’s “Roster of the Ridiculous.”

In 2017, nearly 4,000 volunteers removed more than 375,000 items from beaches, bays and other water sources during two cleanup sessions held in the fall and spring. The organization also found that mylar and rubber balloon collection were at their highest in seven years.

If you’d like to help save the SJ ocean and volunteer for the next beach sweep (scheduled for April 21), sign up here.

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