Mysterious metal object off Westerly coast baffles beachgoers

WESTERLY (AP) — Beachgoers are puzzled and concerned about a mysterious object lodged about 10 feet underwater just off Westerly's East Beach.

The circular object with stainless steel legs is capped with concrete. It appears either to be very heavy or rooted completely in place. The Westerly Sun reports that the object was first seen last summer but could not be found on follow up attempts.

East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says he's been asking experts about the object's origin. He says the best tip he received was from University of Rhode Island oceanographers who theorized it is a for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water current profiler.

Brockmann says they will try to uproot the object next week.

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