A jogger found 55 pounds of cocaine on the beach in Galveston this morning, a bigger haul than the 37 pounds someone else found there a year ago.
In both cases, they turned it over to the cops instead of going all low-rent Breaking Bad. Of course, if anyone decided to take the latter route, you wouldn't hear about it.
A huge amount of wrapped cocaine is not the only thing that's been found on Galveston beaches fairly recently. Sometimes the discoveries are good; sometimes not so much.
Here are six, ranked from worst to first:
6. A body The body of a drowned teenager washed up on East Beach as summer began, a tragedy we don't want to think about.
5. A pygmy sperm whale A kid was looking for seashells on the West End this February when he saw a pygmy sperm whale stranded on the shoreline. Although authorities tried to nurse the whale back to health, they had to euthanize it: The whale was too injured to be released back to the sea, and rescued pygmy sperm whales essentially cannot live in captivity. Among other things, they need to deep-dive to a degree facilities can't handle.
4. Tar balls After the Deepwater Horizon blowout, gulf beaches everywhere looked frantically for tar balls. While beaches along the eastern Gulf of Mexico got hit, Galveston pretty much escaped. Until one day a very few tar balls were seen, and the beaches were immediately swamped by TV crews and reporters breathlessly reporting on not very many tar balls.
3. A gold ring Yes, sometimes those metal-detector dudes get lucky. And sometimes they make eight-minute videos about their big finds.
2. Actual messages in bottles Cue The Police: Heartfelt messages in bottles have washed up in Galveston. The Islander wrote about two last month.
One was written in German and said (approximately):
So much of my life I have lived. Experienced a lot of good things, learn a lot, grown together. I thank you for that. You are always a part of my life. I accept you in this life. I will take you with me in the future and will always have a smile on my face. The responsibility is on both. I take my part with me in my life, grow further, will love, and be loved again. I will not let the feeling effect me further.
This was my issue but I get over this. I give this to the wonderful Gulf of Mexico, because I feel so good that [it] has welcomed me. I am taken over by the states and how I feel here that I can let it go. This will hopefully hit the rock and disappear as my feelings.
In this Gulf of Mexico, with stormy winds and weather, I hope it takes. What makes me happy, makes you unhappy. You didn't want to share life with me. Go out, have fun, take your hand. Be confident that I was part of your life. If we like it better, then we can maybe meet in the next life. Here, I declare myself happy, then I am going too.
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The other had been tossed fairly recently and included a dollar bill.
"Mitch (drawing of a heart) Lynda 1/27/11. To the finder of this bottle may this bring you luck & make your next wish come true."
1. Turtle nests Nests of the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle started showing up in Galveston in 2002; they're typically found farther south. They've been sighted fairly often since, some with more than 100 eggs. When they're discovered, scientists incubate the eggs and eventually the little turtle-ings are freed to wobble to the sea.
And, maybe one day, to return to Galveston to lay some more eggs.