Hurricane erosion has exposed a large, mysterious structure under the sand of an idyllic Florida beach, leaving residents and local officials baffled over what it is.
The spiky 80-foot wooden structure emerged from the sand in the Daytona Beach Shores section of Valusia County after Hurricanes Ian and Nicole pummeled the area, WKMG reported.
An archaeologist is set to examine the find Tuesday and hopefully shed light on its origins and purpose, county spokesman Kevin Captain told CBS News.
Valusia Beach Safety Deputy Chief Tammy Malphurs told WKMG that it was the first time she had seen the object over the course of her career.
“This erosion is unprecedented at this point. We haven’t seen this kind of erosion in a very long time,” she explained. “I’ve been on the beach probably 25 years, and that’s the first time I’ve seen it exposed.”
The county did not immediately return The Post’s request for a comment Tuesday.
The Valusia County mystery is the latest evidence of the extensive erosion wrought by Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 on Sept. 28. It was followed just over a month later by Hurricane Nicole, which made impact as a Category 1 on Nov. 10.
A rare late-season hurricane, Nicole weakened to a tropical storm after wrecking havoc on the Florida peninsula. The storm surge alone caused several homes to collapse, while widespread flooding and winds resulted in at least five deaths.