In South Carolina, locals are wondering if something alien has just been discovered. Those on Seabrook Island have found an unexplained object washed ashore, but no answers. Some authorities are calling the flotsam merely “space junk,” but as the Charlotte Observer noted, not everyone is buying that story.
The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, located about 24 miles from Charleston, posted an image on Facebook that said, “a mysterious object that washed ashore” on Thursday. The foamy find has many people utterly perplexed and the people saying that the facts don’t quite add up have a point.
Whatever the cylindrical object is, it is massive. It is taller than the lady pictured next to it and it appears to many who have seen it to possess a rather substantial weight to it. Oddly enough, although it looks like concrete from a distance, upon touch, it feels more like foam.
That spongy foam could very easily be a piece of an object of Earthly origin, such as the foam used on shuttles, but no one from NASA has come out and shown what it is. Instead of clarity, “town officials” quickly took the unusual thing away, thus creating even more speculation.
The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network along with the Kiawah Conservancy asked Facebook users what they thought the object to be, and answers ranged “from parts of an alien craft to refuse from a “government munition dumping site” which they say is located in the Atlantic Ocean.
For example, Jennifer Passantino wrote, “I saw it this morning on my walk,” on the Kiawah Conservancy official Facebook page. She added, “I assume it was a buoy, but could also be the remains of an alien spaceship.”
“Part of the space shuttle Challenger that blew up about thirty years ago. Looks like a rocket nozzle to me,” read a post from Jim Elrod on the Mammal Network Facebook page. “Notice the different insulating materials. Take a sample of the insulating material and try to burn it to see if it melts.”
“You may want to contact NASA,” suggested Facebook user Barry Dearborn. “This could be part of the space shuttle Challenger’s External Tank.”
While both of those options may sound reasonable to many, social media user Todd Mason noted that any shuttle pieces that old would be “covered in marine life” after having spent so long at sea. This does throw a very large wrench into the shuttle theory, as many marine experts observed.
Manson did offer an explanation as to how this could still be a piece of the spacecraft, however. “This is either newly introduced to the ocean or was buried deep prior to being dislodged,” he added.
That seems logical to many people, given the recent Atlantic storms.
In June, a metallic object that was similar in some ways to this find was taken away, and no word was ever released regarding what it was.
Look at this mysterious object that washed ashore on Seabrook Island today! What do you think it is?