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SEE IT: Mystery 80-foot-long object turns up on Florida beach

WashingtonExaminer
WashingtonExaminer
 2022-12-05

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A large unidentified object has surfaced on the shores of Daytona Beach , Florida, after two major hurricanes eroded enough sand to expose the wooden contraption.

The object was discovered by members of Volusia County Beach Safety and recent beachgoers, county officials told the New York Times . The object appears to be made of wood and metal and stretches 80-100 feet long.

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“It is a mystery,” Tamra Malphurs, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told the outlet. “Many people think it is an old ship of some sort."

Other theories on the discovery that have circulated on social media are that the wood is a portion of an old pier, that it's a part of spectator seating that dates back to when NASCAR would race on the actual beaches of Daytona, or that it's part of a barrier, according to the outlet.

State archaeologists will investigate the object further during low tide on Monday afternoon.

It is unclear how old the object is, but the erosion caused by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole helped uncover the wooden debris.

“This erosion is unprecedented at this point. We haven’t seen this kind of erosion in a very long time,” Malphurs told WKMG Orlando. “I’ve been on the beach probably 25 years, and that’s the first time I’ve seen it exposed.”

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Other mysterious items that turned up on the beaches in Florida in recent years include a relic from the 19th-century ship the Caroline Eddy and a rare gold coin that dates back to 1715.

"Every now and then, something pops up, and usually, you can tell what it is. This one, you just can’t confirm," Malphurs said.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to Volusia County Beach Safety for comment.

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