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Slideshow: Weird and bizarre things found on New Jersey beaches

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beer, liquor, water and soft drink bottles, along with half a plastic Easter egg, lie near the beachfront in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) beer, liquor, water and soft drink bottles, along with half a plastic Easter egg, lie near the beachfront in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (Meredith/AP) — The bizarre trash items plucked from New Jersey's beaches last year might be enough to cause nausea or heartburn. But don't worry, a bottle of Pepto-Bismol was among the items collected.

Also plucked from the sands of the state's beaches were:

  • A lawn mower
  • A saw blade
  • An empty medical marijuana container
  • A strobe light
  • A birdcage
  • Two fire extinguishers
  • A plastic statue of the Hindu god Vishnu
  • A cheese grater
  • A human tooth in a box
  • Blood vials
  • Dentures
  • A knee brace
  • Pill bottles
  • A surgical mask
  • A bottle of eye drops
  • A full jug of milk
  • A jar of honey
  • A coffee maker
  • An oregano jar
  • Zucchini
  • Raw chicken pieces
  • Acrylic nails
  • A bag of costume jewelry
  • A belly ring
  • A fake mustache
  • A mascara brush
  • A mermaid purse
  • Nail clippers
  • Perfume samples
  • Shampoo pump
  • 19 car batteries
  • 204 tires
  • 43 large 55-gallon drums
  • 361 condoms
  • 4,080 tampons

Aside from the bizarre items, Cindy Zipf of Clean Ocean Action said Thursday most of the trash consisted of plastics, which can kill fish and animals that swallow it.

"An emaciated sperm whale washed up dead on a beach in Spain recently," she said. "The once majestic ocean-cruising youngster looked like a burnt pancake. He died a tragic and painful death feeding on 64 pounds of plastic he thought was food. Countless others have died the same way, or by entanglement of plastics or other man-made products. We humans are wholly responsible for their deaths, and it is on us to do something about it."

The groups sponsor beach sweeps along New Jersey's entire ocean and bay coastline in spring and fall each year, and painstakingly catalogs everything collected. In 2017, they picked up nearly 374,000 pieces of trash, 84 percent of which was plastic or plastic foam; 66 percent of the trash collected was discarded single-use items.

The trash is either left behind by beachgoers or washed ashore from sewage systems that overflow during heavy rainstorms.

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