A severed right foot, wearing a sneaker, was found on Friday washed up on the shore of Valdes Island in British Columbia, Canada. It's actually the third foot to turn up in six months on the small islands between Vancouver Island and the coast of B.C. The previous two were also right feet and sneakered. From The Province:
Jeff Dolen, B.C.'s assistant deputy chief coroner, said although it is somewhat common to find individual body parts, this is "the first instance of three such similar remains being discovered" in such proximity. "We'll be using pathology examinations and anthropology examinations to garner as much information as we possibly can about the remains," he said...Link (via Fortean Times)
It is common for hands, feet and the head to detach as a body decomposes, said Gail Anderson, a forensic entomologist from Simon Fraser University who has submerged pigs in the ocean to study decomposition.
Generally, she said, those limbs do not float. "Obviously there's some sort of current picking up light items and washing them to those particular areas," said Anderson.