The Strangest things Found in the River Seine

Given Paris’s rich history, it’s not surprising that over the years many bizarre items have been removed from the city’s central river.  Though the Seine is Paris’s body of water, it’s not river you’d want to dip your feet into at any point in time.

First, here are some interesting facts about Paris’s famous waterway. The Seine flows 13 kilometers through Paris east to west and is about 9.5 meters (31 feet) deep. It the second longest river flowing completely in France.Of course the river is full of beer and wine bottles, due to the river banks being quite popular for drinking and partying in the summertime.

When they cleaned the river which they do ever so often, they have discovered  some seriously strange finds from the depths. Here is a list of some of the craziest!

A live Nile crocodile

Photo by Oliver Gee

 In 1984, workers found an actual Nile crocodile hanging out in the sewers around the Seine.  He had been spotted crawling around Pont Neuf! Animal rescuers were able to save the little gal from the urban city and put her in the aquarium in Paris. They named her Eleanor and she is actually still alive today!

Golden bees!

Photo credit of The History Blog

In 1653, a Merovingian tomb was uncovered by a stonemason. Inside the tomb they found little golden bees dating back to the fifth century. They were passed among the royal family, then eventually they ended up in the Louvre and the National Library. If you’d like to see these golden bees, you are out of luck, though. They were stolen in the nineteenth century.  It is said that there are most likely still many bees and other treasures hidden at the bottom of the Seine.

A Snapping Turtle

Photo from Wikipedia

The crocodile isn’t the only water creature found in the Seine!  In 2009,  a snapping turtle from North America was found floating down the Seine. How did such creatures end up in an urban city river? Police actually determined that these animals must have been abandoned by a collector who brought these pets to Paris.

A Parisian Python

Photo from Wikipedia

Though the others wild animals were successfully rescued, not every animal was that lucky. In 2012, people discovered something strange floating in the river. It turned out to be a python, without its head! The snake was pretty massive too, weighing 40kg and spanning 3m long! No one knows how it got there, but it was definitley dead when it was thrown into the river, meaning it likely wasn’t slithering through the streets of Paris. An even creepier part of the story is that the head was never found…

Besides wild animals and strange artifacts, there have been some of the most random objects found in the Seine: 

  • Viking Sword
  • Guns
  • Drone
  • Motorcycles and scooters
  • Wheelchair
  • Vintage Camera
  • Mattress
  • Kitchen knife
  •  Toilet
  • Baby stroller
  • Grocery shopping cart
  • Bathtub
  • Washing machine
  • Sewing mannequin
  • Testicle biters (a type of very mean spirited fish!)
  • 19th century ammo

Let us know if you find anything crazy hidden in or around the Seine during your trip to Paris!

Here are some tips on how to enjoy the Seine river, with information on walks, parks, boat cruises and more!

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