WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — An alien device. A piece of military history. Those are just some of the theories surrounding a mysterious object that was finally dug up off East Beach.
At least two previous attempts to remove the eight-legged metallic object were canceled, largely because of the weather. Thursday’s operation seemed to go off without a hitch.
An excavator dug up the object – which has metal poles leading from a circular base to a single point at the top. Once the object was removed, the pieces were loaded onto a truck and taken to an undisclosed location.
The East Beach Association first called attention to the object after sharing underwater images several weeks ago.
Even though it’s been dug up, the mystery remains.
“Not a clue. We haven’t solved anything here today,” said East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann. “Hopefully, the experts in this field will take a look at it, now that we have it out, and be able to identify it.”
One theory is that the object is some kind of oceanographic equipment. However, officials said no one has claimed the device.