I first spotted this bale of rubber washed up a few weeks ago. Today is the first time I’ve been back with a camera.
A quick scout round the internet shows that similar bales have washed up on the west coast in England and also in northern France.
A couple of years ago, the BBC ran a feature on rubber slabs that were washing up around the coast and they were traced back to a Japanese ship that sank off the Isles of Scilly in World War One. But those blocks were clearly stamped with the word Tjipetir. It looks like this block at Newborough might once have had some writing on, but it’s long since worn away. So, for the time being, the origins of this year’s beached rubber bales is a mystery.