Trash or treasure? A mystery washes up on an Olympia beach

The buoy is about the size of a beach ball, with signs of wear and tear, a couple of rubber patches, and the word “Taku” on it.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Every couple of months Karla Patten has something wash up on her beach in front of her Olympia home. But nothing like the bright orange buoy she saw bobbing just off her shoreline last weekend. 

“It’s just old and weathered, and cool,” said Patten.

The buoy is about the size of a beach ball, with signs of wear and tear, a couple of rubber patches, and the word “Taku.”

“I went online

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