The Skeleton Coast

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is named so for two different types of skeletons that littered the beaches: whales and ships. Thanks to the end of mass whaling the whale bones are now all gone, but the bones of ships remain, very slowing rusting away. For example, the Eduard Bohlen ran aground here way back in 1909. There are purportedly thousands of ships lining this coast, thanks to the gale force winds, thick fog and ferocious surf. The Otavi ran aground in 1945, with a load of Guano she was shipping from Mercury Islands. Once run aground, the sailors are…

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