A marine rescue group in South Carolina is trying to identify a mysterious large object that washed up on an island beach.
The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network posted a photo to Facebook showing the strange object that washed up on a Seabrook Island beach.
Commenters suggested the object looked like a piece of a spaceship or a movie prop — perhaps the foot of a Star Wars AT-AT. The group said the object seems foam-like to the touch and, despite its appearance, does not contain any metal.
Some have suggested the object resembles the shape of a damaged marine buoy like those used by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The picture shows a cylindrical object, taller than the woman standing next to it. Though it looks like it is made of concrete or metal, it appears that looks can be deceiving. According to the Charlotte Observer, Marine Mammal network officials say it feels like “soft foam.
About 15 hours ago, the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network shared a picture of another mysterious object that washed ashore on Kiawah, another island in South Carolina. “Another piece of this mystery washed ashore on Kiawah the following day. Appears to be the other half,” they wrote.
The mysterious object has everyone trying to guess what it could be. “Looks like NASA debris,” writes one person in the comments section. “Part of an old WWII bunker?” says another. “It seems to be the infill of a buoy for marking shipping routes…” a third guesses.
While a lot of people made serious guesses, others cracked jokes. “Hillary’s deleted emails,” jokes one person. “Yep. It fell off my key chain. GOD” quipped another.
Seabrook Island officials had the object removed by a truck and trailer, but they have not commented on the identity of the unusual piece of debris.