The 30-year old mystery of Garfield the Cat landline phones washing up on a French beach has finally been solved, after a lost shipping container was found wedged in a cave near Brittany.
According to AFP, a local resident recently discovered the container in a partially submerged cave which is only accessible at low tide.
The novelty products have been landing on the beach since an Atlantic storm in the 1980s but there is still nothing to indicate which ship they were being transported on or which carrier was responsible for them.
— Garfield (@Garfield) December 13, 2018
Furthermore, it is still unknown how many more there may be as authorities don’t know if the lost cargo was restricted to just one container.
Claire Simonin, the head of local beach cleaning group Ar Viltansou, Brittany, spoke of the discovery:
“Our association has existed for 18 years and in that time we have found pieces of Garfield telephones almost every time we clean.
“He [the resident] told us where it was… it was very, very dangerous.
“We found this incredible fissure that is 30 metres deep and at the very bottom, there were the remains of a container.”
“Under the boulders in front of the entrance, we found 23 complete handsets with electronics and wires. They were everywhere,” she added.
The character of Garfield was created by illustrated Jim Davis in the late 1970s and since spawned into a merchandising empire worth approximately hundreds of millions of dollars.