Video: What is that big thing sitting on the beach off Corolla?

By on June 19, 2018

The massive metal object washed up during a winter storm earlier this year around Currituck OBX milepost 3.5 at Pine Island.

The light on top, powered by a solar cell, still turns on at night. But other than that, no one really knows what it is. Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think.





  • Ronald Schultz

    i dont know what it is. but if any one finds my lost wedding ring let me know if it washes up. I lost it off the jersey coast years ago and it could be any where. I think an size 9 or 10 solid gold and it was one of the wide type bands . Thanks . Ron Schultz Marion Ohio e mail southpointrr@

    Monday, Jun 25 @ 8:51 pm
  • Steve

    To me this looks like the top of a manhole. The fins get buried in the ground and keep the top centered over whatever it is supposed to cover. Has anyone tried opening that hatch on the top?

    Monday, Jun 25 @ 9:17 pm
  • Dr. Albert Crawford

    Those are some interesting answers. But the fact of the matter is that said object is actually an LRWCR (Long Range Weather Control Relay) buoy first employed for testing in August of 1998 as an offshoot from the Strategic Defense Initiative, an initiative that had just been publicly confirmed by President Reagan in 1983. The program was later renamed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization suggesting that the focus was on protecting the United States from enemy missile attacks. But that was just an intentionally misleading ploy. The fins on the side of the buoy are intended to capture the force of surrounding waves in order to keep the buoy oriented vertically.

    In April of 1994 it was discovered that weather can be dramatically altered and, to some extent, controlled through manipulating the temperature in pockets of high humidity. It was further realized that the experiments of Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist, Nikola Tesla, demonstrated that electricity and, by extension, magnetic fields can be altered through the manipulation of the intra-atmospheric solar radiation such that the result interferes with even the most sophisticated navigation and guidance systems thus keeping enemy missiles from ever striking the United States. The real challenge proved to be localizing the effect to a small enough area to affect the intended target without affecting anything else thereby making it nearly impossible to detect and trace.

    Once that problem was solved several buoys were built and distributed throughout the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to act as a relay system allowing the United States Government and its allied partners to alter the weather to suit their secret objectives. Unfortunately America’s advantage didn’t last very long. Within five years all but one of the most industrialized countries on the planet had put their scientists hard at work developing their own weather manipulation systems. The exception was Canada. They didn’t want to make themselves out to be a prominent target.

    While all of this was going on a Swiss team of scientists had been busy studying the effects of climate manipulation on localized species around the world. The eventual conclusion drew a strong correlation between the use of the weapons and the extinction of several species. As such it became all too obvious that the extinction of humanity could soon follow if countries continued to use these weapons. So the weapons were destroyed and a treaty was signed in complete secrecy. Obviously they missed one or two as is evidenced by this article. But for all that we know it may be too late for us anyway. They may have set off a catastrophic chain of events that will end life as we know it without any way to stop it. No one knows for sure. But if the growing strength of hurricanes, increased flooding and the continued melting of the polar ice caps over the past few years is any kind of an indicator we may be witnessing the slow demise of human civilization. So much for progress.

    Or I suppose it could be something else. Who knows? Crack open the top and find out. I believe you will need a Langstrom 7″ gangly wrench with a Finley socket. You may want to have a HAZMAT suit on…and step back a little while lifting the lid. Oh…and if your eyes break out in a sudden blue fungus DO NOT PANIC! That can be cured. You will just have to endure skull-splitting headaches and thick, oozing urine for a few weeks. Then you’ll be right as rain.

    Monday, Jun 25 @ 11:46 pm
  • Andrew

    Oh I found that with my metal detector and it wouldnt fit in my pouch so i left it. I was going to put it in the garbage can but there wasnt one nearby. And yes I refilled my hole!

    Monday, Jun 25 @ 11:48 pm
  • Mary

    Research Surface Buoy without the cover.

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 12:37 am
  • Benni

    Items don’t sit on the beach or anywhere else, Sam. Only people sit. Objects are either on the beach or lying on the beach, but they can’t sit. No, I’m not an English teacher, just someone who went to school & listened. You should know better.

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 12:56 am
  • art farter

    Its a giant can of Wisconsin Miller beer.

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 1:24 am
  • Kimberly McCoy

    Clearly it’s a Skoal display case!

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 3:34 am
  • Ed G

    That looks like the upper half of a cardinal marker.
    You say the light comes on at night,,,,.
    Does it flash a pattern this will help to identify it.
    Look up International light house/ nautical markers.

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 7:18 am
  • PJ Wright

    Its a whiskey still with a light on top to alert the thirsty neighbors that the brew ready for sampling

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 8:25 am
  • Eric Weinbrenner

    Looks like it’s from the DHARMA project.

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 10:48 am
  • Alan

    It is part of an an ocean buoy…google the pics….sheesh

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 10:56 am
  • Matt

    The light on top is the same as an airport would use for a runway light. The metal under could be the underground casing holding the electrical work

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 11:04 am
  • Leo rodriguez

    It has to be some form of warning light. If it were alien it most likely not be made of steel. Open it up and see what’s inside???

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 2:15 pm
  • Wes

    Looks like a mooring buoy or weather buoy, just missing the yellow plastic floats that fit between the fins.

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 2:54 pm
  • Michael

    Could it be a broken piece from an oil drilling platform?

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 4:24 pm
  • Brian Talbert

    It’s an ocean buoy, minus the floatation foam around the metal core. Once it reached the surf zone the wave broke up the foam until nothing but the core was left.

    Tuesday, Jun 26 @ 8:07 pm
  • Venger

    A trojan horse?

    Thursday, Jun 28 @ 8:13 am
  • Richard Warriner

    Maybe the numbers stamped on the lid offer a clue: 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Thursday, Jun 28 @ 12:13 pm
  • John Cobb jr

    This is an 3 Megaton atomic bomb . Bombs dropped in North Carolina in 1961 look at Wikipedia the pictures are identical to the video on the beach there’s eight feet of it buried under the sand. Stay 50 miles away from that thing. You think the US government would tell you exactly what happened and how many were lost ? I doubt it

    Friday, Jul 6 @ 7:09 pm