Mysterious “ghost boats” are washing up on Japan’s shores each year, wrecked wooden ships with decaying corpses onboard. Seems like a story from a very mysterious horror movie.
Japan’s coast guard said Tuesday that over the past month, nearly a dozen boats carrying decomposing bodies were found off the country’s northwestern coast.
The first boat was found in October, and in November officials discovered 10 bodies in three boats at Ishikawa prefecture. Later, they found another boat with six skulls and another body that was nearly intact.
A total of 22 bodies have been found, authorities said.
Japan isn’t sure where the boats came from, but several signs point to North Korea — most carried equipment and signs written in Korean, and one was carrying a scrap of cloth resembling a torn bit of the North Korean flag.
While the boats have attracted attention recently, this is hardly the first time they have washed ashore in Japan. So far this year, 34 mystery boats have been found. Last year, there were 65 and in 2013, 80 boats.