Mysterious rubber blocks being washed off the beaches of Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico often trigger strong currents along the Texas coast. Many times objects, mysterious objects and marine decay are thrown on our shores. For the past two years, heavy rubber blocks have been washed off the beaches of Corpus Christi and it was recently discovered where they come from.


What you need to know

  • For several years, mysterious blocks of rubber or bail have been washing on the beaches of Texas
  • Six have been located in total and weigh between 150 and 200 pounds
  • Marine biologist Jace Tunnell recently shared photographs of the objects and may have discovered their origin
  • A sunken ship dating back to World War II may have the key

Jace Tunnell, a marine biologist and director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuary Research Reserve, often combs his hair on the beaches of North Padre Island to see what he can find. From a message in a bottle to the rib of a whale, he has come across some of the most bizarre things, including a creepy doll head. But, more recently, it is the heavy rubber bonds that are most striking. He has a splinter in his hands and analyzes it.

“It looks like a crocodile skin or something,” he said. “But once you’ve cut it, you can really see where there looks like a rubber coating.”

He said they have found six of the big bail bonds over the past two years.

“They probably weigh between 150 and 200 pounds,” Tunnell said.

They appear to appear when the currents are stronger.

“Especially after storm events [these] things will show up, “he said.” Last summer after Hurricane Hanna passed we found them on Mustang Island. “

After posting his pictures on social media, he said he learned of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

“He contacted me and said,‘ Hey, these blocks, we find them here on Florida beaches, ’” Tunnell said.

And a month ago the mystery was solved.

“We think we found out where they came from,” Tunnell said.

The rubber blocks are believed to have come from a German cargo ship that was sunk by the United States off the coast of Brazil in 1944.

“The boat either rots or someone gets off and gets wrapped up in the boat and those things boil,” he said.

A German cargo ship that was sunk by the United States off the coast of Brazil in 1944. It is believed that the ship may have originated mysterious rubber bonds that were washed on the beaches of Texas.  (Courtesy: Jace Tunnell)

A German cargo ship that was sunk by the United States off the coast of Brazil in 1944. It is believed that the ship may have originated mysterious rubber bonds that were washed on the beaches of Texas. (Courtesy: Jace Tunnell)

It’s even documented on YouTube.

“Actually, there are images from the 1940s with people from Brazil picking up those rubber bonds and putting them in the truck,” he said.

Tunnell said rubber was most likely used to make rubber products during World War II.

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