From a famous actor's stolen Porsche to tropical flesh-eating fish, some pretty unusual things have been found in the Lake of the Ozarks. Here's our list for some of the oddest items. Let us know if you have anything to add to the list! You may also send us suggestions for our weekly "list" stories when we look at things to do, try, hear and see at the Lake of the Ozarks. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.Nicholas Cage’s Porsche
It was a clear case of life imitating art: The stolen car of a famous actor who once portrayed a car thief ended up in Lake of the Ozarks. It's true. In 2002, divers recovered a Porsche stolen from actor Nicholas Cage. The car had been stolen while being transported across the country. It was found submerged in the lake.
Freshwater jellyfish do not come out every year. Conditions must be right for them to appear. When they do, a fully grown freshwater jellyfish has a diameter of about .5 to 1 inch. These creatures are described as gentle swimmers and do not tolerate much of a current. They swim by pulsating contractions of the bell-like shaped body.
Over the years the Missouri Dept. of Conservation has received a few reports of piranha in the lake. The excitement of the catch is about as short-lived as the life span of a piranha in Lake of the Ozarks. The cooler water temperatures are a problem for the species. When the water temperature drops, they can't survive.
4.Message in a bottle
A romantic notion bringing to mind sandy beaches along the ocean, messages in a bottle also surface at Lake of the Ozarks. In 2010, a family reported finding one from 1972 that they found along the lake shore near Bagnell Dam. Shoreline cleanup volunteers, however, found three messages in a bottle this year alone.
5.From treasure to unusual trash
Every year, the shoreline cleanup sponsored by Ameren Missouri is guaranteed to collect some odd trash that has floated to the shoreline - items that perhaps once may have been someone’s treasure. This year, volunteers collected a fake leg, a bowling ball, a treadmill, a shopping cart and even a motorcycle.