TikTok doctor explains why sneakers filled with human feet continue to wash on Pacific Northwest beaches
Since 2007, at least 20 human feet in sneakers have washed up on the Pacific Northwest coast.
The conspiracy theories of the Salish Sea foot finds previously accused a serial killer of being a foot fetishist.
But, as a British doctor explained to his 4m TikTok followers, it’s likely the result of modern sneaker designs.
A video from a doctor revealing the mystery of why sneakers with cut feet continue to appear on beaches in the Pacific Northwest has gone viral on TikTok.
At least 20 human feet have stranded on the Salish Sea coastline, which stretches from British Columbia in Canada to the U.S. state of Washington, since August 2007, the Mirror reported.
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The most recent example took place on New Year’s Day in 2019 when beachgoers on Jetty Island in Everett, Wash., found their foot in a boot.
While conspiracy theorists have suggested the grisly discoveries could have been the victims of a serial killer with a foot fetish or the mafia disposing of bodies, Dr Karan Raj told his four million followers from TikTok that there is a simpler explanation.
In a video now viewed over 650,000 times, Raj explained that the discoveries of the foot are due to human anatomy and, in part, to shoe designs.
âWhen a human corpse falls to the bottom of the ocean, it is quickly attacked by scavengers,â Raj said in the video. “These scavengers are lazy eaters and prefer to prey on the softer parts of the body than the hard, ghoulish pieces.”
Raj explained that some of the softer parts of the human body are the tissues and ligaments around the ankles. “When scavengers eat it, the foot detaches itself from the rest of the body quite quickly,” the doctor continued.
According to entomologist Gail Anderson, human hands and feet often stand out from the rest of the body when in water, but they rarely float.
The buoyancy of modern sneakers, Raj said, is what makes them float and ultimately beach on the shores of the Pacific Northwest.
Sneakers made over the past decade often have gas-filled pockets in their soles, making them particularly unsinkable, according to National Geographic.
As to why feet specifically appear along the shores of the Salish Sea, oceanography professor Parker MacCready told National Geographic the region has the “perfect storm” for washing shoes.
The fact that this is a large and complex inland body of water acts as a trap and ensures that the water-related items remain in the Salish Sea, MacCready said. Also, he continued, the prevailing winds are westerly and tend to push things in from the ocean rather than push them away.
According to The Guardian, the British Columbia Coroners Service has ruled out indictable offenses in all investigations of human feet found in Canada. None of the feet showed signs of trauma and all of the people appear to have died by suicide or been killed in an accident, a coroner said.
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