The picturesque canal that runs through the trendy tenth arrondissement in Paris is being cleaned for the first time since 2001.
And apart from the 100 Velib bikes that have been pulled out and cleaned down the murky waters of the canal have unearthed some pretty bizarre and worrying treasures.
On the first day of cleaning, The Local spotted a pistol in the canal near the Jaures metro stop. It was promptly seized by police. A rifle was found later, the Paris Canal Service told us.
— Oliver Gee (@olivergee23) January 4, 2016
Photo: Flickr/Don McCullough
Yes, a drone apparently crash-landed into the canal. It's unknown what kind.
Along with nearly 100 Vélib bicycles, several scooters and motorcycles have turned up.
Who doesn’t like to do a bit of sewing on the banks of the canal?
Photo: Flickr/Pink Sherbet Photography
Someone is probably missing it.
— macinside (@macinside) January 6, 2016
The camera appears to be a Rolleiflex, made by a German company in the 1930s.
Photo: The Local
As well as countless cell phones, cleaners have discovered several computers.
Photo: Le Bon Coin
This vehicle is used in construction to compact gravel, concrete, or asphalt.
14 ans d'histoires ressurgissent du canal Saint-Martin. Ca a quelque chose de fascinant pic.twitter.com/R1CtesAiH2
— Jeanne Bulant (@Jannsface) January 10, 2016
Anyone fancy some sunbathing?
Photo: The Local
If you look carefully in the center of the photo, you’ll see a large, rusty kitchen knife.
Giant cuddly toys
— Benoit vallet (@bnpix) January 6, 2016
Some poor child was undoubtedly devastated when the canal claimed this lovely white tiger.
This toilet could use a clean…
— Jane Roussel (@janehatestarzan) January 5, 2016
Cleaners found ten push-chairs and fortunately zero babies.
One ski boot
A single, lonely ski boot was found.
The cleaners have found more than a couple grimey shopping trolleys.
Photo: Flickr/Kris Schroeder
It doesn't seem like an easy feat, but someone apparently chucked a bathtub into the canal.
Photo: Flickr/Daniel Horacio Agostini
Last but certainly not least, yet another heavy household appliance was recovered from the canal's cloudy waters.
These aren’t even the strangest things ever found in the canal.
In 1886, cleaners found an antique chest containing a gold coin. They found a bomb in 1916. 1925 was a morbid year, turning up a cat enclosed in a basket and a human skull.
For more details on how the cleaning is being done, check out our article here: So what's beneath the waters of a Paris canal?
Cleaning is scheduled to be done by April 4th. Once the canal reopens, keep in mind that if you’re caught tossing your garbage into it, it’ll cost you €68.
By Katie Warren