Unsolved Mystery 10/4/2017

COASSTer Rick found this biofouled item during his survey of Moore Creek South (Oregon) in September. If you know what it is, share your thoughts in the comments or by e-mailing coasst@uw.edu.

Here’s Rick’s description: “A cylinder with a rounded bottom and a detachable top.  Length is 16cm; lid is 4cm tall; diameter is 7cm.  Material is thick (4mm) translucent plastic.  A set of 3 vertical holes on the four sides with a hole in the top and bottom.  Has two attachment points on one side.”

Top view

Side view B

Side view A

8 thoughts on “Unsolved Mystery 10/4/2017

  1. Valerie Eurs

    We found one of those on Old Home Beach (Trinidad Lighthouse South) this fall as well.Ours also had long metal rod passing through it, with a hook on one end. Definitely crab pots offshore!

  2. Gary Lester

    Dungeness Crab bait jar, they are placed inside the crab pot with bait (usually squid). Unfortunately many wash ashore.

  3. Smoker

    I think the other commenters are correct. It’s lkely a bait box for a crab pot. You could take it to a commercial marine gear store and ask

  4. Amy

    Interesting! It reminds me of a bait container that you would secure in a cab or prawn pot… But I’ve never seen one exactly that shape.


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