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'Metal starfish' discovered in Rhode Island

Posted on Saturday, 12 August, 2017 | Comment icon 42 comments
A mysterious object found in the surf on a beach in Westerly has been raising eyebrows this week.
Situated in the shallows a short distance from the Watch Hill lighthouse, the object, which features 8 stainless steel 'legs' and is capped with concrete, has left local authorities scratching their heads.

"It looks like a metal starfish because it has these eight legs that go down from the center," said Peter Brockmann, president of the East Beach Association.

"Many locals don't remember seeing it before last summer. The harbor master has never seen it or heard of it before so it's a real mystery."

"How it got here. It's the strangest thing because this not something that floats. It's very heavy."

The mystery object has since been cordoned off and is due to be removed as early as next week.

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Tags: Westerly, Rhode Island

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #33 Posted by Tatetopa on 4 September, 2017, 1:03
I couldn't see the concrete (not very observant I guess. )  The framework looks like a big commercial crab or lobster pot, a collapsed rectangular box sans netting.
Comment icon #34 Posted by XenoFish on 4 September, 2017, 1:12
If I go by just the look of it, I'd say it's made out of either stainless steel or aluminum. Maybe it's a part of some fishing net?
Comment icon #35 Posted by beelzebufo on 4 September, 2017, 4:34
Whatever it is, it looks even less like some kind of alien artifact now that it's out of the sand.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Tatetopa on 4 September, 2017, 6:57
Thanks for the good photo.  I take back my rectangular comment.  Looks pretty conical.  Any commercial fishermen reading this thread?
Comment icon #37 Posted by XenoFish on 4 September, 2017, 10:22
Does look similar.
Comment icon #38 Posted by The Russian Hare on 4 September, 2017, 10:56
The housing to one of those acoustic doppler sensors they use to measure ocean currents? Never seen one that big though
Comment icon #39 Posted by taniwha on 4 September, 2017, 20:12
Some ancient mechanism for forecasting lunar eclipses, and meteor showers.   In short, it's a calculator washed ashore from the lost continent of Atlantis. Either that or its a prop from the movie set Jaws. Take your pick.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Hammerclaw on 5 September, 2017, 4:37
Some sort of dredge trap with the webbing rotted away.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Jon the frog on 9 September, 2017, 23:04
Probably a part of a old playground toy from the area like: or something similar to that :
Comment icon #42 Posted by I'mConvinced on 10 September, 2017, 10:57
Well it seems there are no logical explanations so that rules science out. This leaves three possibilities: 1. Paranormal - the ghost in the machine? Did anyone check it with an emf meter? 2. Extraterrestrial - Part of an alien spacecraft - this is most likely. Did anyone look for the rest of the ship? Did they form a human ring and chant at the stars to make contact? 3. Cryptid - A new aluminium concrete species of starfish. I think this unlikely as it would have trouble swimming, can't be ruled out at this point though. I rate them as 24%, 75% and 1% likely, respectively.  

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