Advertisement

Garfield phones have washed up on French shores for decades — now we know where they came from

Mystery finally solved after 30 years of Garfield phones washing up on beaches in western France
WATCH ABOVE: A French environmental group says its been picking up bits and pieces of orange, plastic Garfield novelty phones for about 35 years.

Garfield-shaped phones have been appearing on France’s coastlines for 35 years — and finally, the source of the mysterious kitty litter has been revealed.

The environmental group Ar Viltansou recently found the remains of a shipping container, along with scattered orange parts, near a sea cave in the Brittany region in western France.

READ MORE: TVs, furniture wash up on Dutch islands after container ship loses cargo

The discovery was chronicled by FranceInfo journalists, who accompanied the group.

The activists were tipped off by a farmer who said he and his brother saw phones featuring the comic strip cat wash up during a storm in the early ’80s, the outlet reported Tuesday.

The siblings found the container in a coastal area of Finistere only accessible during low tide.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Dead sperm whale in Indonesia had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

The Facebook page for the local marine park said the container was lost in 1983 — and bits and pieces of the novelty phones have been picked up “almost daily” for years.

The amount of plastic waste in waters around the world has reached alarming levels.

WATCH: Plastic pollution crisis — How waste ends up in our oceans

Plastic pollution crisis: How waste ends up in our oceans
Plastic pollution crisis: How waste ends up in our oceans

According to the United Nations, eight million tonnes of it ends up in oceans each year. In several recent cases, dead whales were found with stomachs full of plastic junk.

Garfield, the lasagne-loving feline who hates Mondays, made his debut in a comic strip 40 years ago.