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Mysterious 80-foot object made of wood emerges during low-tide on Daytona Beach, Florida

What do you think it is? Mysterious 80-foot-tall wooden object revealed at Daytona Beach, Florida – with theories of ancient shipwrecks or seats for NASCAR race spectators

  • A mysterious object made of wood that is 80 feet long was recently uncovered in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Theories about the object include a spectator seat from the days when NASCAR races took place there or part of an old pier
  • “It’s a mystery,” Tamra Malphurs, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told the New York Times. “Many people think it’s some kind of old ship”
  • State archaeologists will examine it tomorrow at low tide and hopefully make a decision

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A large mysterious object turned up on a Florida beach after erosion from two recent hurricanes and rough surf.

The unidentified object, which is composed of wood and possibly some metal, and measures about 80 feet (25 meters) long, first surfaced over Thanksgiving and was spotted by beachgoers and security workers.

Numerous theories about the object have circulated on social media – some claiming it’s part of an old shipwreck, others saying it’s a piece of an old pier and some speculating it’s a piece of spectator seating dating back to when NASCAR would race at Daytona Beach.

“It’s a mystery,” Tamra Malphurs, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told the New York Times. “A lot of people think it’s some old ship.”

A Large Mysterious Object Turned Up On A Florida Beach After Erosion From Two Recent Hurricanes And Rough Surf

A large mysterious object turned up on a Florida beach after erosion from two recent hurricanes and rough surf

The Unidentified Object, Which Is Composed Of Wood And Possibly Some Metal, And Measures About 80 Feet (25 Meters) Long, First Surfaced Over Thanksgiving And Was Spotted By Beachgoers And Security Workers Above: Two Hurricanes Devastated Parts Of Florida This Year

The Unidentified Object, Which Is Composed Of Wood And Possibly Some Metal, And Measures About 80 Feet (25 Meters) Long, First Surfaced Over Thanksgiving And Was Spotted By Beachgoers And Security Workers Above: Two Hurricanes Devastated Parts Of Florida This Year

The unidentified object, which is composed of wood and possibly some metal, and measures about 80 feet (25 meters) long, first surfaced over Thanksgiving and was spotted by beachgoers and security workers ABOVE: Two hurricanes devastated parts of Florida this year

Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, both of which hit the Sunshine State, led to intense erosion on the famous beaches.

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

State archaeologists will examine the object tomorrow at low tide.

“Occasionally something pops up and usually you know what it is. You just can’t confirm this one,” Malphurs told the Time.

“There could be some kind of metal there,” she added. “We’re not positive.”

Residents expressed some ideas on social media about the possible origin of the object.

‘Too straight and narrow for a boat [in my opinion]. I think it’s an old harbor or boardwalk,” one commenter wrote under a Click Orlando news article.

“I saw that a few days ago. It is probably an old ship that was shipwrecked. Very interesting,” wrote one Facebook commenter.

All kinds of strange objects have turned up on the beaches of Florida in the past.

“Occasionally Something Pops Up And Usually You Know What It Is.  You Just Can'T Confirm This One,

“Occasionally Something Pops Up And Usually You Know What It Is.  You Just Can'T Confirm This One,

“Occasionally something pops up and usually you know what it is. You just can’t confirm this one,” Malphurs told the Times. ABOVE: Tourists slowly returned to Florida beaches, such as those in Naples, above, after the recent hurricanes

In November 2020, a shipwreck that could date back to the 1800s was spotted after Tropical Storm Eta eroded healthy dunes in St. Augustine, Florida.

Experts at the time believed it to be the remains of a 317-ton American merchant ship known as Caroline Eddy, likely carrying a cargo of flour or hardware.

“Everything we’ve seen on it so far fits that hypothesis; wood planks, wood structures, iron fasteners,” St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) director Chuck Meide said in the statement at the time. “They’re very similar to other 19th century ships we’ve seen.”

In August 2021, a high school student named Nick Amelio found a 1715 Fleet gold coin south of Turtle Trail Beach.

“I thought my crew was making fun of me because it was so crazy,” he told TCPalm.com. “But it turned out to be legit.”

The Florida Department of State Historical Resources and Archeology Offices receive written records of each artifact recovered, and the state has initial claims for up to 20% of each recovery.

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